Lucian Freud, a Life in Pictures

Lucian Freud, one of the greatest, most influential British painters of our time has died at the age of 88. Get to know him a little better through text and images.

A young Lucian Freud in a studio, 1954 Photograph: Paul Popper/Popperfoto via The Guardian

The realist painter and grandson of Sigmund Freud, became most famous for his unpleasant, often verging on the grotesque, nude portraits.

One of Freud’s most notorious paintings is that of Queen Elizabeth II who posed for Freud fully clothed. The relatively bright portrait was donated to the Queen’s collection and is one of the most controversial depictions of the monarch. Another famous work of Freud’s is ‘Benefits Supervisor Sleeping’, which sold for a record $33.64m, at Christie’s in Manhattan.

Lucian Freud painting the Queen in 2001 Photograph: David Dawson/Government Art Collection via The Guardian

Here are a few photographs featuring Freud in various instances of his life:

Lucian Freud and Lady Caroline Blackwood leaving Chelsea registry office after their wedding, 9th December 1953 Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty via The Guardian?
A portrait of Lucian Freud in his studio Photograph: Jane Bown via The Guardian?
A portrait of British painter Lucian Freud taken circa 1990 Photograph: David Montgomery/Getty Images via The Guardian?

If you want to find out more about Lucian Freud why not read his obituary on The Guardian

written by webo29 on 2011-08-17 in #news #lucian-freud #painting #death #art #queen #portraits #london

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