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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Living Grand Masters: Lucian Freud

Lucien Freud is the grandson of Sigmund.

Some of my friends will dispute this choice because he diminishes his sitters to grotesque piles of flesh, but the magnitude of his skill and importance can't be denied. He is a master of flesh and of space. There is real power in the paintings whether you like them or not. He is one of the only living painters from the modernist era whose work I personally care for.

This painting sold for $33 million dollars at a Christie's auction. Is it worth $33 million dollars? Not in my opinion. It is the most ever spent on a living artist's work.

Lucian Freud: Night Portrait, Face Down, 1999-2000Lucian Freud: Man in a Silver Suit, 1998Jerry Hall holds Lucian Freud's 'Eight Months Gone' (Picture: PA)
Mick Jagger's ex-wife holding a Freud she posed for and bought for over a million British pounds. Worth it? Naaaaa, but it's kind of cool.

Girl holding her foot - Lucian Freud (via egonschiele)

Another great video link on Freud here.

1 comment:

  1. I love Lucian Freud as well and I have noticed that he does seem to inspire negative comments from some of the classical realist. However having seen his work in the flesh, no pun intended, I'm always struck at how he handles paint and how he is very honest. He keeps going even if the drawing is off.
    I kind like that.