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by Lucian Freud Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1963
12 in. x 9 7/8 in. (305 mm x 251 mm)
- Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Artist. Sitter in 42 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
- Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Artist. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 42 portraits.
This is the last of three self-portraits painted in quick succession in 1963. By this time, the artist's technique had developed from being meticulously detailed to a more broadlypainted, expressive style. Here, Freud's squinting gaze is arresting in its directness, but his features are abstracted into painterly swathes of flesh-colour. The portrait is entitled Man's Head (Self-portrait III).
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 119
- Howgate, Sarah (introduction) Auping, Michael (appreciation) Richardson, John (appreciation), Lucian Freud: Portraits, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 28 May 2012), p. 97
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 231
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 225
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