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The profile portrait emphasises Freud’s objective approach to portraiture, in which the sitter is scrutinised by both artist and viewer in a cold light against a characteristically bare background. The detail of hair and surface is typical of the meticulous style of his early portraits, and the peeling paint of the shutters reveals his intention to depict the world with all its imperfections, bereft of symbolism or flattery.
oil on board
H 35 x W 24 cm
gift from Kathleen Epstein, 1973
signed Lucian Freud 1948-1949