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Lucian Freud: Head of Ali - Signed Print

Head of Ali
Signed Print

Lucian Freud


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Etching, 1999
Signed Print Edition of 46
H 58cm x W 42cm

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Critical Review

Alexander ("Ali") Boyt is Lucian Freud's eldest son, and one of the artist's children who returned to sit for his father throughout his career. Ali is one of four children Freud had with fellow-artist Suzy Boyt, and is the half-brother of Suzy's son Kai, who Freud considered his "stepson". As the portraits in our Family collection of Freud's work reveal, he clearly had a particular connection with Suzy and the children he had with her.

Freud depicted Ali throughout the different phases of his life, and Head Of Ali pictures his son as a mature man. True to his unflinchingly honest approach to portraiture, Freud has exaggerated every wrinkle and fold of flesh on his son's face. Looking outside the frame of the etching to the right, Ali is depicted with a serious and contemplative gaze, making the familial resemblance between father and son all the more evident.

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