Lucien Freud

  Interior with Plant Reflection Listening 121 x 121.8 cm oil on canvas 1968

Reflection  2002

Please don't take this the wrong way- although I'm an avid fan of the work of Lucien Freud (1922-2011), I enjoy his paintings with a mix of fascination and slight horror. His portrayal of flesh is reminiscent of moldy cheese, and his harsh, unfiltered realities can be as disturbing as a look at as, say, a dog's corpse. Everything has equal weight; each inch of this plant is observed with the same determined stare. How amazing that his face here is so small yet so darkly powerful. I love Lucien Freud's work for his intensely tactile forms, and for his utter disinterest in anything pretty.

Inspired by Douglas Ferrin's remarkably honest series of self portraits, February will be dedicated to the art of the self portrait. Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

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