6 x 8"
oil on panel
Lucian Freud is on the top of my list of most influential painters and one of the greatest figurative artists of the 20th century. I have many books of Freud's works of art and the first one I saw in person was in the Cleveland Museum of Art. I was in awe.
The first time I saw Freud's painting 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' I was stunned, like most, of the large, nude model, Sue Tilly - a woman who posed for him many times in the 80's. Freud said of her body 'It's flesh without muscle and it has developed a different kind of texture through bearing such a weight-bearing thing.' For some, there may be no beauty in a body like Sue Tilly's - but I see wonderful folds and curves and a real woman with no shame.
The most influential thing about Freud's portraits is the skin tones that include golds, ochres, greens, greys, blues, reds, oranges, purples. Did I leave anything out? That is the lesson and something I try to carry into my figurative paintings.
I know, I'm gushing. Freud is my new addition to my series ArtistZ.
This painting 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' held the world record for the highest price paid for a living artist, $33.6 million in 2008 until 'Benefits Supervisor Resting' sold for $56.2 million in 2015.