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Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Garden - Signed Print

The Painter’s Garden
Signed Print

Lucian Freud


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Etching, 2003
Signed Print Edition of 46
H 64cm x W 88cm

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Critical Review

Lucian Freud is renowned for his masterful handling of the etching needle, and The Painter's Garden is testament to his ability to bring a sense of liveliness to this monochromatic printing process. Through varied tone and a range of mark-making throughout the work, Freud gives this landscape a tonality that mimics the natural light he observed when creating this work en plein air.

From the top right, the leaves of a willow tree cascade towards the centre, drawing a powerful compositional line towards the shrubbery on the ground. By not overworking the etching plate in these areas, the leaves seem to glisten with rain or morning dew. Though the work is monochromatic and two-dimensional, Freud's handling of line and tone gives the scene a natural movement, as though the etched leaves might be able to move with the wind. Whether Freud was working from human, animal, or plant subject matter, he etched them with the same meticulous attention to detail, telling of his close attachment to the places most familiar to him.

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