Freud, Lucian
Freud, Lucian (1922- ). German-born British painter. He was born in Berlin, a grandson of Sigmund Freud, came to England with his parents in 1931, and acquired British nationality in 1939. His earliest love was drawing, and he began to work full time as an artist after being invalided out of the Merchant Navy in 1942. In 1951 his Interior at Paddington (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) won a prize at the Festival of Britain, and since then he has built up a formidable reputation as one of the most powerful contemporary figurative painters. Portraits and nudes are his specialities, often observed in arresting close-up. His early work was meticulously painted, so he has sometimes been described as a `Realist' (or rather absurdly as a Superrealist), but the subjectivity and intensity of his work has always set him apart from the sober tradition characteristic of most British figurative art since the Second World War. In his later work (from the late 1950s) his handling became much broader.

923 x 915 170.0K
170.0K, 923 x 915

Factory in North London
Painted: 1972
Oil on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Private collection

Girl with a white dog
Painted: 1951-52
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Tate Gallery

1062 x 792 141.9K
141.9K, 1062 x 792

700 x 1238 130.6K
130.6K, 700 x 1238

John Minton
Painted: 1952
Oil on canvas
40 x 25.4 cm
Collection Royal College of Art

Large Interior W.11
(after Watteau)
Painted: 1981-83
Oil on canvas
186 x 198 cm
Private collection

945 x 888 154.2K
154.2K, 945 x 888

933 x 921 132.3K
132.3K, 933 x 921

Naked girl asleep, II
Painted: 1968
Oil on canvas
55.8 x 55.8 cm
Private collection

Interior in Paddington
Painted: 1951
Oil on canvas
152.4 x 114.3 cm
Walker Art Gallery

794 x 1076 172.6K
172.6K, 794 x 1076

885 x 982 154.1K
154.1K, 885 x 982

Reflection (self portrait)
Painted: 1985
Oil on canvas
56.2 x 51.2 cm
Private collection