Lucian Freud Portraits

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Time Out says

The goggle-eyes look of his ’50s portraits gives way once he takes a step back and stands up behind the easel, hovering over his sitters, before bearing down on them with his brush. In the ’60s, Freud begins to pummel the painted surfaces until they submit to his will, almost sculpting landscapes out of facial fissures and craggy, chiselled bodies. By the ’80s his pictures take on an even less flattering, grittier texture, caked with stubborn clumps of dry paint. In fact, no one but Freud’s mother, Lucie, comes out of this superb 70-year survey of his portraits smelling sweet or sitting pretty. (OW)

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