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Lucian Freud: The Studio

£75.00

ISBN: 9783777426914
Format: hardback
Year published: 2010
Publisher: Hirmer Verlag
Publisher Location: London and Munich
Total Pages: 239
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour
Height: 28 cm

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One of the greatest painters and portraitists, Lucian Freud (born 1922) brings a powerfully obsessive scrutiny to bear upon his subjects. “I want the painting to be flesh,” Freud has avowed, and through this aspiration he achieves almost devastatingly unsentimental and revelatory portraits of his sitters, as he translates the act of scrutiny into strokes of paint. Like the studio of his friend Francis Bacon, Freud’s own studio has attained its own intensity as the site of his one-on-one encounters, and as a backdrop or stage in his paintings, and the atmosphere of his interiors, and in the light in them, are among his paintings’ most pungent qualities. (One of his earliest canvases, from 1944, is titled “The Painter’s Room.”) Accompanying the critically acclaimed spring 2010 Pompidou retrospective, this mammoth survey posits Freud’s studio as the decisive stage for his art, and tracks his career in over 200 color illustrations of paintings, graphic works and photographs. Included here are his large interiors, his nudes and variations on portraits by earlier masters, his famous series of self-portraits and imposing portraits of sitters such as Leigh Bowery and substantial photographic documentation of the studio. Lucian Freud: The Studio is the essential book on the artist.

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