This work is Taschen's 25th anniversary - special edition!
This work explores the unflinching truth. British artist Lucian Freud is widely considered the most important figurative painter working today.
Master portraitist and specialist in nudes, Freud uses impasto to create depth and intensity while restraining his color palate to mostly muted hues.
His portraits may be physically unflattering to their subjects, but they are honest, frank, and unapologetic. 'I paint people', Freud has said, 'not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be'.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 25/02/2009
- Category: History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9783836512497
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Review by yooperprof
Amazing, disturbing, fleshy, luminous, brutally honest, occasionally cruel, and human, all too human. This book makes a very convincing argument that Lucian Freud (1922-2011) deserves to be remembered as one of the very greatest portrait painters - full stop.Freud is also an interesting landscape painter. Who knew? This edition - one of the Taschen artist books - has many lavish reproductions. Many of the paintings discussed and shown in Smee's book are in private collections, and I had never before seen a number of them.