Early Work of Lucian Freud (03:00)
Hector Obalk discusses Freud's anachronistic style and meticulous realism as we see works from the 1940s.
1960s-1970s Paintings (02:13)
After studying Francis Bacon's fragmented faces, Freud abandoned his precise brushstrokes for a more natural marbled effect in his portraits and nudes.
Evolution of Freud's Portraiture (02:30)
By the 1970s, the marbling on the faces coincided with the expressions. Freud's portraits become less rigid; more sculptural and luminous.
Freud's Earlier Works (01:29)
The early works show the varied coloring Freud used to portray human skin; it was too subtle.
1980s and 1990s Paintings (00:59)
By the late 1970s, Freud produced portraits in a fragmented style, altering the contrast of colors, the roughness of drawing, and the harshness of the light.
Comparing Portraits from 1964 to 2002 (02:01)
The later portraits are more natural and alive with their pictorial expression, psychological penetration and thickness of the brushstroke.
Self-Portrait 1985 (01:22)
Compare Freud's 1985 self-portrait to his 1962 self-portrait. The architecture is more precise, made certain with a thicker brushstroke; Freud shows attention to shadows.
Silver White Paint (01:35)
From 1977, Freud mixed his colors with a dense Cremnitz white; it provided a luminous color to skin tones, and captured the models' expressions.
Freud's Models (01:40)
Rather than use professional models, Freud preferred acquaintances. He used silver white to illuminate objects and apparel.
Portrayal of Objects (01:39)
The comparison of two sinks shows Freud's mastery of pictorial effects and expression in his later works.
Deforming Model Faces (03:41)
In 1988, Freud exaggerated the thickness of his paint. He portrayed his subjects with less detail and sometimes used a gelatinous but illuminating paint.
Comparison of Portraits from 1940s to 2004 (00:52)
The precise brushstrokes that captured reflections in the eyes in early portraits evolved with less detail. See heavy brush strokes and paint modeling in his nudes.
Freud's Self-Portraits (01:40)
See a chronological review of Freud's self-portraits from age 21 to 62.
Credits: Lucian Freud (00:31)
Credits: Lucian Freud
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