Lucian Freud Drawings
Essays by William Feaver and Mark Rosenthal
An exhibition catalogue produced by Violette Editions
Published by Blain|Southern and
Acquavella Galleries (Spring 2012)
Designed by Studio Frith
Hardback, 256 pages
More than 100 colour illustrations
28 x 29.7 cm (h x w, landscape)
ISBN 978-0-9569904-3-3 (Blain|Southern)
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ISBN 978-0-9569904-2-6 (Blain|Southern and Acquavella Galleries)
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Beginning in the 1940s and spanning the artist's career, Lucian Freud Drawings brings together more than 100 works, many of which have never been shown in public before.
Encompassing portraiture, landscapes and studies of animals, this collection includes portraits of Freud's mother and father, his children and close friends among them the painter Francis Bacon and artist Leigh Bowery.
Speaking of the artist's earliest work, curator William Feaver observes: 'From childhood there were drawings of goblins and fairies, tables piled high and the
pear tree outside the Freuds' holiday home on the Baltic island of Hiddensee.
Later came fantastical jeux d'esprit, sharp images of friends patient enough to
sit for him, etchings and drawings demonstrating his love of Ingres.' This collection traces Freud's development from this phase up to the early 1950s when he chose
to concentrate primarily on his painting. It also covers his return to etching in
Covering more than seven decades, the works illuminate an aspect of Freud's oeuvre that was often overshadowed by his painting – drawing was the essence
of his practice from first to last.
Lucian Freud (1922–2011) built up a formidable reputation as one of the most powerful contemporary figurative painters of nudes, portraits and faces. His gutsy realism is characterised by strong forms and arresting detail, rendered with rich dynamic brushwork. Family members, friends and favourite models all played a role in the human drama of Freud's studio. Freud was born in Berlin in 1922, a grandson of Sigmund Freud. His family moved to London in 1931, where he lived until his death in 2011.
William Feaver was the Observer's art critic between 1975 and 1998. He has written several books about Lucian Freud and curated a number of exhibitions of
his work, including the major retrospective at Tate Britain, London in 2002.
Mark Rosenthal has been guest curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York since 2010 and adjunct curator at the Detroit Institute of Art since 2007. Previously he was a curator at the Norton Museum of Art, consultative curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Head of Department of Twentieth Century Art at the National Gallery, Washington. Rosenthal has contributed to numerous contemporary art publications and has held a number of Art History professorships.
This catalogue is published to accompany the forthcoming exhibition 'Lucian Freud Drawings', curated by William Feaver, to be shown at Blain|Southern, 21 Dering Street, London W1S 1AL, from 14 February to 6 April 2012. In London the exhibition coincides with a major retrospective of Freud's portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London, curated by Sarah Howgate. 'Lucian Freud Drawings' is
co-organised with Acquavella Galleries, New York, where the exhibition will be shown in June 2012.