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Lucian Freud: The Studio Hardcover – May 31, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hirmer Verlag; 1 edition (May 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3777426911
  • ISBN-13: 978-3777426914
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the book is a fantastic read, it is horribly hindered by its reproductions. If you're a die hard fan like me and you own Random House's or Rizzoli's monographs (those are easy five star books), you expect a level of quality when reproducing Freud's paintings. But in this edition, they get it so consistently wrong that it's quite baffling that a book like this would accompany an instituion like the Pompideu. I'm not sure if for some reason they weren't able to scan original plates, but it seems like they scannned reproductions, producing images with noticeable quality loss and contrast issues. The images lack the color range that is present in other monographs, opting to present darker versions of these wonderful paintings, while the light areas of painitings are completely over-exposed. It almost feels like a pirated version of a good book. The photographs of Freud in his studio are far better experienced in the book Freud at Work, since they're exactly the same photographs that can be seen in this great small book.

So all in all, not an all around good book. There are far, far better Freud books out there.
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LUCIAN FREUD: THE STUDIO opens and closes with multiple full page photographs of the studio of Lucien Freud where is complete disarray are seated such people as the Queen of England, military men, the artist himself, and reclining nudes along with filthy rags, smeared walls of paint samples, canvases in progress and all the paraphernalia required to create the magnificent if not always flattering canvases of this very important artist. The book serves as a catalogue for the huge retrospective exhibition at the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from March through July 2010. For those following the career and output of this grand artist this book is the richest collection of the artist's works to date. After the usual laudatory Foreword, Preface, and Introduction messages, there are five very informative essays: The Painter and His Context by Éric Darragon, Freud the Biologist by Jean Clair, Realist Echoes in Lucian Freud by Laurence des Cars, The Secret Studio by Philippe Comar, and 'Paint-Walls' by Richard Schiff. Each of these essays approach one aspect of the reason d'être for this exhibition: Freud's studio is the decisive stage for his art, for it is here that he can have the privacy with his models to create the massive unsentimental response to flesh that makes his canvases so provocative. 'I want the painting to be flesh', is his call and this book demonstrates just how he goes about his process.Read more ›
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Lots to Read and See. If you are a Freud fan and love his work...then this book will not be a disappointment. Get it before it disappears...An excellent collection and selection of his work, background information and some info on working methods. Very enjoyable to read...Well put together.
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By RR on September 1, 2011
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Z cala pewnoscia jest to jeden z najlepszych albumow o Lucianie Freudzie. Jedynym malutkim minusem sa zbyt ciemne zdjecia. Rozdzielczosc ich jest wystarczajaca ale gdy porownamy je z innymi wydawnictwami to wypadaja zdecydowanie za ciemno. Poza tym publikacja jest przygotowana w bardzo profesjonalny sposob. W albumie sa trzy rodzaje papieru (dla zdjec, reprodukcji obrazow oraz eseju). Czyta sie go szybko a przyjemniej oglada ;-) Polecam kazdemu, kto chcialbym poznac tworczosc Freuda.
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