Lucian Freud dies aged 88
- 22 July 2011
One of Britain's great artists, Lucian Freud, has died at the age of 88. See some of our favourite Art Funded Lucian Freud works including Standing by the Rags.
One of Britain’s great artists, Lucian Freud, has died at the age of 88. The painter was known for his extreme realism and his work was sold for millions of pounds. Freud, a grandson of the psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud, studied at Goldsmiths and was a visiting tutor at University College London before being shortlist for the Turner Prize in 1989.
He painted the super-famous, such as Queen Elizabeth II and a pregnant Kate Moss but it was his works of ordinary people that captured the imagination of the viewer. He set a world record for the highest amount paid for a painting by a living artist in 2008 when his portrayal of an overweight nude woman sleeping on a couch sold for $33.6m. Above is a selection of our favourite Lucian Freud Art Funded works and information on them below.
One of Freud's largest and most ambitious paintings of the nude. The technique of portraying flesh with such substantial materiality calls to mind another artist much admired by Freud, Courbet. 'I am really interested in people as animals', the artist has confessed; and here he plays the coarse physicality of the figure against the convoluted curves of the paint-stained rags to devastating effect.
This drawing was executed at the beginning of Freud's career and forms part of the Wilson Gift at Pallant House Gallery. The gift is the result of a passion for collecting that Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson likened to 'a lifelong addiction' and represents an important step in the gallery's development.
The sitter is Sue Tilley, chief benefits officer in a job centre although she is portrayed as an anonymous figure. The weight of her physicality is put under intense scrutiny, but there is also the contradictory sense of self-containment as she shuts her eyes and nonchalantly ignores the viewer's gaze.