We’re celebrating Lucian Freud’s birthday today here at Artsnapper! One of our favorite artists.
Freud was born in Berlin on December 8, 1922, to a German Jewish mother and and Austiran Jewish father. To satisfy your curiosity, yes, he is of relation to the Freud (he was Sigmund’s grandson). His family moved to St. Johns Wood, London when he was eleven to escape the rise of Nazism. He later became a British citizen.
Freud studied at the Central School of Art in London, the Cedric Morris’ East Anglican School of Painitng and Drawing, and the University of London. Much of his early paintings were highly associated by German expressionism and surrealism.
Later, however, he honed a style that was known for a linear style and subdued colors
As time went on, Freud went through a phase where he painted nudes and not much else. Some of them were inspired by his wife.
Freud took very painstaking efforts to assure that his paintings were truly from life. He spent a great deal of time with one subject, and demanded the model’s presence even while working on the background of a portrait.
Towards the end of his career, he painted a nude of Kate Moss:
“I paint people,” Freud said, “not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.”
by Maki Kern