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Lucian Freud: Eli - Signed Print

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Lucian Freud


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Etching, 2002
Signed Print Edition of 46
H 78cm x W 96cm

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Critical Review

As our collection of Freud's Dogs evidences, the whippet was Lucian Freud's favourite breed of dog. After the death of his beloved pet whippet Pluto, Freud gifted Eli to Dawson, as he clearly wasn't ready to work in a studio without a dog sauntering around. The etching is testament to Freud's adoration of the new dog, as he clearly observed the dog asleep countless times to capture it with such attention to detail.

In fact, the level of detail Freud used to capture the sleeping Eli exceeds that which he ascribed to some of his human subjects. The docile whippet was clearly a cherished companion for the reserved and contemplative Freud, and a charming presence in his studio in his older age.

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