Acquavella Galleries presents a survey of works on paper by Lucian Freud (b.1922 – 2011). Beginning in the 1940s and spanning the artist’s career, Lucian Freud: Drawings brings together more than 100 works, many of which have never been shown in public before and is the most comprehensive survey of works on paper by Lucian Freud ever exhibited in the United States.
Curator William Feaver, who presented Freud’s acclaimed retrospectives at Tate Britain, London (2002) and the Museo Correr,Venice(2005),worked closely with the artist on this exhibition for the last five years, until his death in July 2011.
The works range from the intimate, including portraits of his mother and father, his children and close friends - among them the painter Francis Bacon - to landscapes and studies of animals. Etchings, watercolours, gouaches and works rendered in chalk, charcoal, pastel, conté, and pen and ink, are to be interspersed with oil paintings, constantly interrelating.
Lucian Freud was born in Berlin in 1922, and died in England, July 2011. He held the Ordre du Mérite and the Order of the Companions of Honour. Recent solo exhibitions include: Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (2008); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2007).
Lucian Freud: Drawings has been co-organised with Blain|Southern, London, and coincided with a major retrospective of Freud’s paintings at the National Portrait Gallery, London, curated by Sarah Howgate, which will then travel to Fort Worth, Texas, 2 July – 28 October 2012.
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