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Lucian Freud: Bella Second Version - Signed Print

Bella Second Version
Signed Print

Lucian Freud


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Etching, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 15cm x W 14cm

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Critical Review

For Freud's 14 acknowledged children, sitting to be painted, drawn or etched by their father fostered an intense and unusual connection between them. Bella Freud, one of two daughters fathered by Freud with Bernardine Coverley, was one of the artist's children that returned to model for him throughout his career. Unlike etchings like Bella In Her Pluto Shirt and Bella, Bella's portrait here is less thoroughly conceived. The nature of the print gives us a glimpse into Freud's unique etching process, as we can see clearly how he builds form, tone, and texture using only the etching needle and black ink.

As is usually the case with Freud's depictions of his family, primary focus in the composition is on Bella's face, with the hatching around her neck ending at the button on her shirt. At the very bottom of the composition, Freud started to model Bella's hand, which is cropped out of the frame. The work has a tranquil appeal, revealing an intimate moment between Bella and her father behind the etching plate.

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