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Naked Man, Back View

Artist:
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
Rights and Reproduction:
© Lucian Freud
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 915
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.
the artist, London (1992–93; sold through Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, to MMA)

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

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 the Visual Arts. "Paint Made Flesh," Jan 23–May 10, 2009, unnumbered cat. (pl. 19).

Washington, D. C. Phillips Collection. "Paint Made Flesh," June 20–September 13, 2009, unnumbered cat.

Paris. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. "Lucien Freud, The Studio," March 10–July 19, 2010, unnumbered cat. (p. 147).

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

Barbara Burn, ed. Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 311, ill. (color).

Margalit Fox. "Model Behavior: Pose for Lucian Freud and who recognizes you?" New York Times (January 9, 1994), p. V4.

Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 2nd ed. (1st ed., 1983). New York, 1994, p. 453, no. 38, ill. (color).

David Alan Mellor. Interpreting Lucian Freud. Exh. cat., Tate Britain. London, 2002, p. 35, fig. 20.

Emily Braun in Paint Made Flesh. Ed. Mark W. Scala. Exh. cat., Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Nashville, 2009, pp. 34, 118, colorpl. 19, identifies the model as Leigh Bowery.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 434, ill. (color).

Rosie Broadley. "Chronology." Lucian Freud: Painting People. London, 2012, ill. p. 31 (color, studio shot).



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