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Lucian Freud: 1996 - 2005 [Hardcover]

Lucian Freud

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3 Nov 2005

At the time of the publication of Lucian Freud, the definitive monograph, by Jonathan Cape in 1996, Freud was already regarded as one of the great portrait painters of all time. His naked portraits had no parallel. His work exists outside the currents of contemporary art in a domain of his own. In the years since that publication his output has only increased. His worldwide reputation continues to be celebrated. In London he has been shown in a major retrospective at the Tate and more recently a number of his new paintings have been shown at the Wallace Collection.

This second volume contains the recent paintings, both large and small, together with a number of extraordinary new works on paper. His work shows no sign of diminishing energy. We are witnessing the work of one of the great artists of our time, now in his eighties, as he reaches still further with his scrutiny of human form and flesh.

Sebastian Smee, a young Australian writer, has been recognised as one of the most illuminating writers on art and has been close to Freud for several years. His introduction will provide a new analysis of Freud's work and a different voice among those who have made great claims for the significance of Freud's achievement.


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The second volume in the definitive publishing of Lucian Freud. The third volume, already under contract, will be Work on Paper and will cover all his prints and drawings. This second volume covers all the work from the last ten years and includes nearly everything he has produced.

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The second volume in the definitive publishing of Lucian Freud. The third volume, already under contract, will be Work on Paper and will cover all his prints and drawings. This second volume covers all the work from the last ten years and includes nearly everything he has produced.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Prolific, Impressive Figurative Painter Steps Back to Think 22 Nov 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are many books about the works of British artist Lucian Freud, one of the better of which is the one by William Feaver that accompanied an exhibition of his works, but this new release is important in more ways than one. Now in his 80s Freud has not changed his subject matter (face portraits, large scale nudes alone and with company, dogs, the occasional landscape) nor has he altered his technique which leans toward thick impasto and palette knife and scrubble manipulations.

What does seem to be changing as Freud continues to stare at his bulky and usually unattractive models is his emphasis on the mindset of the sitter. No longer are we seeing a long procession of similar faces but instead we are seeing eye engagement suggesting something about the history of the sitter. Freud is a serious painter, but one with a caustic wit. The face portrait of Queen Elizabeth is layers and layers of white pigment built as though preparing a clown's makeup and garnished with the requisite royal jewels, but the end product is not a regal queen but a rather frumpy, old tired relic of a monarch. Not flattering, but realistic in a way that only history will fully appreciate as an important statement within a portrait.

The accompanying text is informative and probing, but the emphasis here is on the paintings - and there are many in this generous book, both as full scale and captured details. If you are eager to see what Freud has done since his major touring exhibition, this is the definitive resource. Grady Harp, November 05
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freud has an awareness of the physicality of the body and nature 19 Aug 2007
By Tanis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I feel that "Lucian Freud" is the greatest British painter of the 1990's. He makes me confront nakedly the truth of our bodies, and perhaps that is where his greatness lies. He is a great painter of the flesh, which he seems to visualize with an objective intensity that reminds me of a scientist and his microscope, or even, perhaps, a pathologist and their scalpel.
This book of art is like a tribute to the capacity of the eye truly to look and of the hand truly to transcribe what is seen. All artists strive to achieve this, but few succeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 17 Jan 2014
By victoria mclemore - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book in A1 ++++++ condition. Can't believe my luck I have seen this book sell for as much as $700 used. I really lucked out to find this impeccable ex library book for $20. It's not every day you get a deal but this was a deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucien Freud 12 Jun 2007
By Llewellyn Skye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Love it! Fantastic pictures...hey, Im all about the visuals! Beautiful book, will be treasured for a life time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Freud's paintings 9 Jan 2007
By Ken Lam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is definitely one of the best books on Freud's paintings. The reproductions are excellent. I highly recommend.
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