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Signed Print Edition of 50
H 88cm x W 71cm
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This etching was produced by Lucian Freud in 1985, and pictures a nude woman stretched across the composition, her figure languidly leaning to the right. Though he has not detailed her surroundings, this blond woman appears to be sat on a chair with her legs cropped underneath the knee, and her hand resting on the negative space to the right of the work. With rounded lines and calculated hatching, Freud pronounces the feminine curvature of her body.
Though he was not always an avid depicter of nudes, Lucian Freud increasingly turned his attention to what he referred to as Naked Portraits from the mid-1960s. These works are less grounded in a voyeuristic perception of the female nude, but more-so in Freud's view that every single facet of the sitter's body was as important as their face in a portrait. In Blond Girl, Freud has built intense tonality around the sitter's face, highlighting her pensive expression. This detailing of expression is extended to her body, as he pays particular attention to the way her arm rests on an invisible surface.
Though the identity of this unnamed sitter is unknown, we can observe in Blond Girl a psychological bond between sitter and artist so typical of Freud's work. By observing his subjects for sometimes hundreds of hours, Freud truly understood the behaviour of his sitters and connected with them through conversation and his unwavering gaze.