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Lucian Freud: Garden In Winter - Signed Print

Garden In Winter
Signed Print

Lucian Freud


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Etching, 1997
Signed Print Edition of 46
H 77cm x W 60cm

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Critical Review

This representation of Freud's Garden In Winter is the artist's first attempt at a large-scale etching of an outdoor landscape. Though the work is printed in monochromatic black and white, there is an almost photorealistic intensity to the print. Unlike his Naked Portraits and Portrait Heads, which are distinguished by the negative space left by Freud, no element of this composition is left unmarked by the etching needle.

Garden In Winter has its roots in a smaller work Freud created four years previously, Landscape. This zoomed-in cross-section of Freud's garden focuses on the shrubbery we see around the trunk of the tree in Garden In Winter. Much like his detailed studies of people, Freud reveals here a great commitment to representing the spaces most familiar to him. Freud allegedly worked on this etching over two winters, observing this corner of his garden only when he wanted to continue with his etching plate. Just as he chose to mainly represent his friends and family, Garden In Winter is an instance of Freud connecting with the homely environment in which he existed as lover, husband, father, and artist.

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