1 of 42 portraits of Lucian Freud
by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze head, 1949
15 3/4 in. (400 mm) high
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Artistback to top
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), Sculptor. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 67 portraits.
This portraitback to top
At the time this bust was made Freud was married to Epstein's daughter, Kitty, the subject of a series of paintings that are among the best-known examples of Freud's early work. The bust was originally conceived as a larger work that included Freud's arms and naked torso - a format that Epstein used for several portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Fryer, Jonathan, Character Sketches: Soho in the Fifties and Sixties, 1998, p. 23
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 230
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor (30 March 2013 - 24 November 2013)
Events of 1949back to top
Current affairsFollowing the Republic of Ireland Act in 1948, the Irish Free State becomes the Republic of Ireland and leaves the Commonwealth. The functions previously given to the King were handed to the President of Ireland.The Second Parliament Act diminishes the power of the House of Lords, reducing their authority to delay bills from two years to one.
Art and scienceGeorge Orwell publishes his dystopian novel, 1984. The book imagines a future where totalitarian governments rule; their power based on continual war abroad, and overwhelming propaganda and surveillance at home. With 'Big Brother' keeping a constant check on the citizens' actions and thoughts, the individual looses the faculties of free will and independent thought.
InternationalThe People's Republic of China is created after the Communist Party wins the Civil War. China became a communist country under Mao Zedong.Cold War tensions increase as Germany is split into the democratic Federal Republic of Germany in the west (a union of the post-war British, French and American sectors), and the communist German Democratic Republic, in the east.
See this portrait
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery