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Sebastian Smee is art critic at the Boston Globe. He was born and raised in Australia and lived in London between 2000 and 2004. He has contributed essays to several books on Lucian Freud, and his articles have been published in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Spectator.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Taschen's 25th anniversary ed edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836512491
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836512497
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yes, there are many fine books written about the famous figurative painter Lucien Freud and many of them have far better reproductions for the master's works. But for those who have been considering investing in a monograph on Freud's works, a volume that gives enough representations of his oeuvre to appreciate the spectrum of his talent while giving readable and entertaining written information about the artist and his technique and subject choices, this affordable Taschen volume is an excellent choice.

Sebastian Smee is a recognized authority on the art of Lucien Freud and in this particular book (he has written several others about this artist) he provides a concise and witty and informed background for appreciating the painter's early years and the periods through which Freud passed to arrive at the point of fame he now enjoys. Smee divides this monograph into the following sections: Beginnings (childhood as Sigmund Freud's grandson, and early works), Closing In (dealing with the intensified feeling of Freud's portraits of his family, friends and acquaintances - which include Queen Elizabeth), Freud and Realism (an explanation of how the artist examines the model and finds only the truth that the physical body brings to the portrait), Stretching Out (the development of the large full figure works), Biology (his controversial full figure male and female nudes with and without his dogs), Realism as Theater (an examination of why he paints only those he knows in the space he knows so well that he can ignore defining corners and three dimensional aspects of, say, bed or couches), and finally a chronology that brings us up to date to 2007.

The book is brief but well written and offers enough information to give the beginning admirer of Lucien Freud's art a fine introduction. Grady Harp, July 09
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird on March 26, 2008
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A great overview, especially for 10$. The reproductions were of a high quality and the text was pretty good too. The only thing lacking was close-ups of the work so you could see the painting technique which I'd have really liked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on May 2, 2012
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Having little knowledge of art and artists, I saw a short biography of Lucian Freud and his art in a magazine which made me want to know more. I found this small book very insightful about both the art and the man. It detailed the focus of the art in ways my untrained eye could not discern. I, in short, needed help and I found it in this book. I have now purchased a book of his paintings to further my interest. This small book was exactly what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. T. Greene on April 17, 2012
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The author Smee is clearly in tune with the artist Freud, so the sometimes difficult going of reading about paintings and painters isn't to be found here. Others have noted the small format and less than stellar quality of the reproductions. Fair enough, but the range of artwork presented is very good, and if you like the artist you'll be encouraged to seek out other sources of the material. I'd really like to see the original of that outstanding cover painting of the Queen of England, for example.
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The pictures in the book are bright and clear and give a good view of the artists work. The paintings are shown in a very realistic way.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VanHawk on September 13, 2008
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Very informative little book . Nicely printed color photos. Good deal for the money . I would recomend this book to anyone , who like to get
some more info about this great artist .
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