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Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings Hardcover – December 1, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087070706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870707063
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucian Freud is an artist whose work has redefined portraiture and the nude over the past twenty-five years. His ability to evoke psychological tension and formal abstraction with reference to the human form has been as seminal as it is influential in the modern American art world. "Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings" compiled and with commentary by Starr Figura showcases 128 illustrations which comprised The Museum of Modern' Art's major exhibition of Lucian's work and represent the breadth of his work with twenty-two paintings and seven drawings encompassing a diversity of themes involving the human form, portraitures, landscapes, dogs, and Lucien's unique multi-medium cross-pollinating diversity of mediums. Starr Figura is the exhibition organizer and the Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA whose informed and informative essay explores both the scope and significance of Lucien's work, and provides a welcome context for viewing the Lucian prints and his aesthetic values. "Lucian Freud" is a welcome and critically important contribution to personal and academic 20th Century American Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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In 2007 the Museum of Modern Art, New York staged a major exhibition of the etching of Lucian Freud and this handsome book serves as a catalogue of that exhibition as curated and written by Starr Figura, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art. These works, admixed with some drawing and paintings chosen to demonstrate the flow of energy of an idea in all media for Freud explore the crucial relationship between these works on paper and his works on canvas. 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. Although best known as a painter, Freud has made etching a constant part of his artistic practice since 1982.

The exhibition this book honors was organized around the themes that are central to Freud's oeuvre, including, most prominently, the works that he called "Naked Portraits" and "Portrait Heads," as well as other subjects that he occasionally turned to, such as dogs and views of the garden behind his house. Within each gallery, etchings, paintings, and drawings are paired or grouped to underscore Freud's long-term fascination with particular subjects or sitters, to highlight his intense preoccupation with the physical properties of his different mediums, and to suggest how the mediums of painting and etching nourish and inform one another in Freud's practice. Among the individual sitters who appear in more than one work within the exhibition are Freud's mother Lucie, his daughter Bella, performance artist Leigh Bowery, and the British lawyer and political advisor, Arnold Goodman.

Freud often described his work as autobiographical, stating in 1974: "It is about myself and my surroundings.
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