Lucian Freud: The Studio

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One of the greatest living 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 ...
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Overview

One of the greatest living 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.
Grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud was born in Germany in 1922, and permanently relocated to London in 1933 during the ascent of the Nazi regime. After seeing brief service during the Second World War, Freud had his first solo exhibition in 1944 at the Alex Reid & Lefevre Gallery in London. Despite exhibiting only occasionally over the course of his career, Freud's 1995 portrait "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" was sold at auction, at Christie's New York in May 2008, for $33.6 million--setting a world record for sale value of a painting by a living artist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783777426914
  • Publisher: Hirmer Verlag
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Alain Seban Seban, Alain 27

Preface Alfred Pacquement Pacquement, Alfred 29

Introduction Cecile Debray Debray, Cecile 31

The Painter and His Context Eric Darragon Darragon, Eric 36

Freud, the Biologist Jean Clair Clair, Jean 44

Realist Echoes in Lucian Freud Laurence des Cars Cars, Laurence des 52

The Secret Studio Philippe Comar Comar, Philippe 58

áPaint-Walls' Richard Shiff Shiff, Richard 64

Catalogue of Works 74

Analyses Cecile Debray Debray, Cecile

Interiors 154

Exteriors 159

Reflections 163

On Painting 167

Watteau 170

Chardin 172

Constable 175

Cezanne 178

As Flesh 180

Chronology Elsa Urtizverea Urtizverea, Elsa 186

List of Works Exhibited 226

List of Exhibitions 228

Bibliography 234

Photographic Credits 239

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

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    Lucian Freud: Invading Privacy

    LUCIAN FREUD: THE STUDIO opens and closes with multiple full page photographs of the studio of Lucien Freud where is complete disarray are seated such people as the Queen of England, military men, the artist himself, and reclining nudes along with filthy rags, smeared walls of paint samples, canvases in progress and all the paraphernalia required to create the magnificent if not always flattering canvases of this very important artist. The book serves as a catalogue for the huge retrospective exhibition at the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from March through July 2010. For those following the career and output of this grand artist this book is the richest collection of the artist's works to date. After the usual laudatory Foreword, Preface, and Introduction messages, there are five very informative essays: The Painter and His Context by Éric Darragon, Freud the Biologist by Jean Clair, Realist Echoes in Lucian Freud by Laurence des Cars, The Secret Studio by Philippe Comar, and 'Paint-Walls' by Richard Schiff. Each of these essays approach one aspect of the reason d'être for this exhibition: Freud's studio is the decisive stage for his art, for it is here that he can have the privacy with his models to create the massive unsentimental response to flesh that makes his canvases so provocative. 'I want the painting to be flesh', is his call and this book demonstrates just how he goes about his process. What follows the illustrated essays that place Freud in context with art history is a beautifully designed catalogue of his images divided into 'Analyses' by Cécile Debray, those analyses being 'Interiors', 'Exteriors', 'Reflections', 'On Painting', 'Watteau', 'Chardin', 'Constable', ' Cézanne', and 'As Flesh'. This may be a strange grouping of categories to the reader but the manner in which Freud's paintings are grouped under these analyses makes beautiful sense. After spending hours examining the paintings beautifully reproduced here there follows an excellent chronology of Freud's career and the various influence on his life and work. And for those who need further reading references there is also a splendid bibliography and list of all works both in this exhibition and in all the other exhibitions for Freud. This is a major contribution to the literature on this great painter, and even if the reader has other books on Freud in the library, the stance this book takes is well worth adding to the present collection. Grady Harp

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