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Girl with Roses

© Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

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Kitty, the daughter of Jacob Epstein and Kathleen Garman, reappears in Lucian Freud’s portraits over the course of five years – clutching a kitten, head under leaves or on the pillow – but from the outset 'Girl with Roses' establishes a scale and ambition that is life-size. She and Freud married in February 1948, and in the same year, Freud spent a whole train journey with Pablo Picasso’s 'Weeping Woman' (1937), taking it down to Brighton for an exhibition. Picasso wrenches the woman’s head apart, as if viewing her from inside out, through her own tears; Freud answers this visual outburst by observing how emotion manifests itself on the outside. Newly pregnant, Kitty sits stiffly, her eyes averted in a dead stare. She clutches a rose, and another lies limp in her lap.

British Council Collection

London

Title

Girl with Roses

Date

1947–1948

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 106 x W 75 cm

Accession number

P79

Acquisition method

purchased from the London Gallery, 1948

Work type

Painting

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