Standing by the Rags by Lucian Freud

One of Freud's largest and most ambitious paintings of the nude.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
168.9 x 138.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £920,000)
Acquired in:
1990
Vendor:
James Kirkman Ltd

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.

Provenance

Lucian Freud.

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