Lucian Freud 1922-2011

It is a sadness to report that the greatest British artist of our age has died today.  Lucian Freud was 88.

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate art gallery, said it well:

“The vitality of his nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late 20th century art. His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

It is a great thing that his art was as valued in the marketplace as it was in art circles, and he lived long enough to see some of his marvelous work fetch record prices.  I hope there is a lot more of his work to be seen.

Earlier material on Lucian Freud.

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