Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Freud

A Tuesday mid-PM injection of inspiration from Lucian Freud – in the form of a particularly delicious unfinished portrait of Francis Bacon.

I recently read Martin Gayford’s book ‘Man with a Blue Scarf’, his first person account of sitting for Freud. The portrait which resulted from the book admittedly didn’t seem to be a particularly great example of Freud’s work, however the text provided a brilliant, often witty, peek into the artist’s processes. Freud is famous for labouring through months – and sometimes years – of daily sittings on any given portrait. It was amusing to learn that Freud insisted Gayford, a busy art critic who commuted to the sittings from Cambridge, continue to travel all that way and sit in person, even while Freud spent several weeks filling in the background.

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