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Signed Print Edition of 30
H 45cm x W 39cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
This etching was created by Lucian Freud in 1991, and pictures a nude woman sprawled across the composition. With his innovative approach to composition, Fred has cropped the bottom of the sitter's legs at the right of the work, and her hair at the bottom. The sitter lies with her arm over her face, concealing her features from the viewer, leading attention to her curvaceous form.
Though the identity of this unnamed sitter is unknown, we can observe in Woman On Bed an intimate bond between sitter and artist so typical of Freud's work. Renowned for his risqué love-life, the sitter might have been one of Freud's many lovers who sat for him in the studio.
There is a sense of carelessness to Woman On Bed, as Freud idealises little of her figure and her pose appears un-staged. The sitter's breasts have been depicted as though naturally resting on her horizontal figure, and Freud delineates the folds of flesh on her stomach with clear lines of the etching needle. Like many works from our Naked Portraits collection of his work, Freud focuses here on the curvature of his sitter's feminine body, challenging demanding beauty standards rife in the 1990s.