Lucian Freud

Portraits

Edited by Daniel Blau

Edited by Daniel Blau

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

With an Introduction by Norman Rosenthal
71 pages | 35 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2011
Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9783777439716 Published July 2011 For sale in North America and Japan only

One of the foremost figurative artists working today, Lucian Freud has redefined portraiture and the nude through his unblinking scrutiny of the human form. And while most are familiar with Freud’s thickly impasted paintings, few realize how integral etching has become to his practice.

Presenting an exceptional overview of Freud’s works on paper over his more than six-decade career, this oversized volume highlights the artist’s unconventional approach to the medium. Standing the copper etching plate upright on the easel, Freud treats the plate like a canvas as he depicts his sitters—very often friends, family members, or fellow artists—through meticulous networks of finely etched lines. Among Freud’s most notable trademarks is his tendency to dramatically crop figures and then isolate them against empty backgrounds, achieving through this juxtaposition a startling sense of psychological tension and formal abstraction.

Freud is one of the most widely acclaimed British artists of our time and, with plentiful illustrations and an introduction by celebrated curator Norman Rosenthal, Lucian Freud: Portraits brings Freud’s lesser-known etchings deservedly to the forefront.

Contents

Combined German/English Edition
Lucian Freud—A Painted Portrait of his Mother and Eighteen Etchings 1982–2007
      Norman Rosenthal

Plates
     Esther, 1991
     Donegal Man, 2007
     Girl with Fuzzy Hair, 2004
     Head of an Irishman, 1999
     The Painter’s Doctor, 2006
     Portrait Head, 2005
     The New Yorker, 2006
     After Chardin, 2000
    The Painter’s Mother, 1972
Photographs of Lucian Freud
Plates (cont'd)
     Before the Fourth, 2004
     Girl Holding her Food, 1985
     Head and Shoulders of a Girl, 1990
     Reclining Figure, 1994
     Girl Sitting, 1987
     Head and Shoulders, 1982
     Naked Man on a Bed, 1990
     Two Men in the Studio, 1989
     Man Posing, 1985

Illustrated Bibliography

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