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Lucian Freud: Blond Girl - Signed Print

Blond Girl
Signed Print

Lucian Freud


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Etching, 1985
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 88cm x W 71cm

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Critical Review

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.

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