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Naked Man, Back View

Lucian Freud (British (born Germany), Berlin 1922–2011 London)

Date:
1991–92
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
72 × 54 in. (182.9 × 137.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.71
  • Description

    For more than half a century, Freud has concentrated on depicting the human face and figure in paintings, drawings, and etchings. Earlier examples are smaller in scale and crafted in a distinctive, meticulous style with extreme precision. Freud's major compositions of the last thirty years are considerably larger, with heavily worked and impastoed surfaces. The model for this picture, Leigh Bowery (Australian, 1961–1994), was a performance artist in London.

  • Provenance

    The artist; [Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York]

  • Exhibition History

    London. Whitechapel Gallery. "Lucien Freud: Recent Work," September 10–November 21, 1993, no. 85 cat. by Catherine Lampert.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lucien Freud: Recent Work," December 16, 1993–March 27, 1994, no. 85.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009, online catalogue.

    Nashville. Frist Center for Visual Arts. "Paint Made Flesh," Jan 23–May 10, 2009.

    Washington DC. Phillips Collection. "Paint Made Flesh," June 20–September 13, 2009.

    Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. "Lucien Freud, The Studio," March 10–July 19, 2010.

    Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. "Lucian Freud," October 8, 2013–January 6, 2014, no. 33.

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