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Lucian Freud: Esther - Signed Print

Signed Print

Lucian Freud


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Etching, 1991
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 43cm x W 39cm

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Critical Review

One of Freud's 14 acknowledged children, Esther Freud is one of the artist's daughters who returned to sit for her father throughout his career. For his children, sitting for Freud was a way to achieve a closer bond with their somewhat distant father. As Esther said herself: "I sat for him when I was 16 ... That's how I got to know him. We'd never lived in the same city before." Within this particular portrait of Esther, we see the tender relationship between father and daughter realised during lengthy sittings and Freud's beady-eyed observation.

Quite unlike the more frantic mark-making used for portraits of Esther's sister, Bella, Esther's portrait is described with more subtle hatching. Esther gazes down and out of the composition, giving the impression of Freud's intimate gaze on his own daughter. The cropped composition makes her face the focal point of the work, acting almost like a window into her unique character.

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