Skip to Main Content

Lucian Freud

British, 1922–2011

11,350 followers
Follow

Lucian Freud

British, 1922–2011

11,350
Followers
Biography

Lucian Freud is considered one of the most important figurative painters of the 20th and 21st centuries. The son of architect Ernst Freud and grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud’s early artistic practice was characterized by a meticulously realistic approach to painting. In the mid-1950s, however, Freud diverged from this previous approach in favor of looser brushwork and richer application of color. Freud directed his modified technique and deeply probing gaze toward the discipline of portraiture, which has come to be the core of his oeuvre. Though his style continued to evolve throughout his 70 years of painting, Freud consistently focused on translating his direct perceptions, however subjective, onto the canvas, resulting in portraits that are honest, tender, and psychologically complex.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$56m, Christie's, 2015
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

Lucian Freud is considered one of the most important figurative painters of the 20th and 21st centuries. The son of architect Ernst Freud and grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud’s early artistic practice was characterized by a meticulously realistic approach to painting. In the mid-1950s, however, Freud diverged from this previous approach in favor of looser brushwork and richer application of color. Freud directed his modified technique and deeply probing gaze toward the discipline of portraiture, which has come to be the core of his oeuvre. Though his style continued to evolve throughout his 70 years of painting, Freud consistently focused on translating his direct perceptions, however subjective, onto the canvas, resulting in portraits that are honest, tender, and psychologically complex.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$56m, Christie's, 2015
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Lucian Freud
Articles Featuring Lucian Freud
Inside the Art Collection at the British Prime Minister’s Residence
Dec 10th, 2019
Inside the Art Collection at the British Prime Minister’s Residence
Lucian Freud’s Obsession with Skin Inspired Powerful Nude Portraits
Apr 17th, 2019
Lucian Freud’s Obsession with Skin Inspired Powerful Nude Portraits
5 Famous Artworks That Were Accidentally Destroyed
Aug 18th, 2017
5 Famous Artworks That Were Accidentally Destroyed
The 10 Most Expensive Artworks of 2015
Dec 20th, 2015
The 10 Most Expensive Artworks of 2015
Navigate right