Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Gloriously Fleshy

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping
Lucian Freud
oil on canvas
152.4 x 114.3cm
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian is one of the most significant figure painters of the last 50ish years. His 1995 painting, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, recently took the highest sale value for a living artist at $33.6 million.

Freud focuses his artistic intentions on his own world. His paintings are portraits often of those in his life, in this case, London benefits supervisor, Sue Tilley. Freud is an incredible painter, putting brush to canvas as a master of thick impasto. His paintings are gorgeous to see in person, and the heavy sense of being amongst his sitters is palpable.

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