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Lucian Freud: Portraits [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Norman Rosenthal , Daniel Blau

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25 July 2011
Lucian Freud: Portraits, by celebrated curator Sir Norman Rosenthal, brings Freud s lesser-known etchings deservedly to the forefront of our appreciation of his art. Lucian Freud, one of the foremost figurative artists working today, has redefined portraiture and the nude through his unblinking scrutiny of the human form. While most of his admirers are familiar with Freud s thickly impasted paintings, few realise how integral etching has become to his art. This volume features principally his portraits executed as etchings. It presents an exceptional overview of Freud s works on paper over a career that spans more than 60 years and highlights the artist s unconventional approach to the printing medium. Standing the copper etching plate upright on the easel, Freud treats the plate like a canvas as he portrays his sitters very often friends, family members, or fellow artists by creating meticulous networks of finely etched lines. Among Freud s most notable trademarks is his tendency to dramatically crop figures, isolating them against empty backgrounds. This juxtaposition creates a startling sense of psychological tension and formal abstraction.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Hirmer Publishers; 1 Blg edition (25 July 2011)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3777439711
  • ISBN-13: 978-3777439716
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,521,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Freud in Black and White 7 Feb 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
LUCIAN FREUD: PORTRAITS is a catalogue from a 2011 gallery exhibition in Munich that featured the drawing portraits of Freud. These are well displayed in the rather brief catalogue and include not only his face portraits but also some drawings and etchings of figures - as usual, nude - and allow us to see an aspect of Freud we are less familiar with than the painted portraits. For that reason, this book is almost an essential addition to the literature on Freud. There are etchings and sketches, many of which will be recognized as the initial thought for later completed works: close examination of these etchings gives considerable insight into the manner in which Freud made his decisions to proceed. The catalogue also includes photographs of Freud in studio - many of these have been printed before.

Norman Rosenthal contributes the Introductory essay for this publications. He writing style is magnetic, and in his essay he states the following: 'The faces of Freud's sitters nearly always exude a sense of inward reflection. They seem lost in their own reverie which the artist constantly observes and describes. For Lucian Freud flattery is never an issue, nor is moral judgment nor psychological analysis. There is also no sense of caricature or mockery at the human condition either, as one might find in the work of the artist Otto Dix. Whether the sitter is staring at the artist, looking down or even looking away, an almost inevitable sense of melancholy prevails, as the artist captures what in essence is a fleeting and ephemeral moment - paradoxically over as many as a hundred sittings - immortalized on that unpredictable path from one instance to the next. That is perhaps part of the beauty and attraction of all attempts at painting or drawing reality and the special quality of psychological portraiture.'

This will soon be considered and indispensable book for all scholars fascinated with the long history of the life and work of Lucian Freud. Grady Harp, February 12
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