Lucian Freud

Art on This Day

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“I paint people, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.” 

 

Lucian Freud died on this day five years ago. A German-born British painter, Freud worked in an uncompromisingly confrontational style, particularly recognizable in his nudes, which are rendered with true dimensionality, texture and weight, achieved through his generous application of pigment and expressive mark-making.

 

Freud’s subjective approach to painting divided both the public and the critics. Some believed the artist was a master at capturing the quintessence of his sitters, others found the stern intensity of Freud’s scrutiny unsettling and too uniform, thinking his paintings revealed not their subjects but his view of humanity.