In a career spanning more than six decades, Freud (British, b. Germany, 1922), has redefined portraiture and the nude through his frank scrutiny of the human form.
On view from December 16, 2007, to March 10, 2008,
Images Courtesy of MoMA, New York.
Although Freud’s etchings speak for themselves in terms of their quality and strength, this aspect of his work remains relatively little known as compared with his paintings. This exhibition reveals the integral and vitally important place of etchings within Freud’s oeuvre. —S. FIGURA
About the Artist
A grandson of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the artist was born in Berlin in 1922. He emigrated with his family to London in 1933 to escape the Nazi takeover of Germany, and became a British citizen in 1939. His formal training was brief but included an important period in 1939 when he studied at painter Cedric Morris’s East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham. Freud began to work full-time as an artist in 1942 and had his fi rst solo exhibition in1944 at London’s Lefevre Gallery. Freud often describes his work as autobiographical, stating in 1974: “It is about myself and my surroundings. It is an attempt at a record. I work from the people that interest me and that I care about, in rooms that I live in and know. I use the people to invent my pictures with, and I can work more freely when they are there.”
Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings, Freud’s first solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art and his first museum exhibition in New York City in 14 years, is organized by Starr Figura, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art.
Posted: April 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm