Lucian Freud was widely recognised as one of the most important British artists of the last
Freud (the grandson of Sigmund Freud) was born in Germany in
An important early masterpiece is Interior at Paddington. It depicts a dishevelled man, standing, fist clenched, in a small interior space adjacent to a plant of the same size. The feeling of claustrophobia caused by this juxtaposition, and the densely packed space, is typical of Freud. From the late
Freud frequently painted people he was close to: friends, such as the artist Francis Bacon, and family members, including his daughters, many of whom were portrayed naked. He occasionally painted portraits of famous people, notably the Queen and Kate Moss. Freud’s focus on the personality and humanity of his sitters is seen in the fact that he referred to his nudes as ‘naked portraits’, thus highlighting their psychological depth. His portraits are not concerned with flattery or sentimentality: they are revealing, intense and sometimes uncomfortable to look at.
Rebecca Nicholl, Former Art UK Editorial Assistant