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Freud, Lucian (1922- ) - 1947 Girl with a Kitten

Lucian Freud, born in 1922, English painter, known for his technical precision and distinguished by a talent for representing the human figure. Freud has played a vital role in the continuation of the tradition of portraiture in British painting.


The grandson of Austrian physician Sigmund Freud, he was born in Berlin but emigrated to England with his family as a child. Between 1939 and 1943 he trained at the Central School of Art in London, the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham, in eastern England, and Goldsmith's College in London. During the 1950s Freud became well-known internationally and was later given major retrospective exhibitions around the world.


Although in his youth Freud experimented with styles such as Surrealism and neoromanticism, he found his own personal style through highly detailed realist (objective and unidealized) paintings such as the somber Interior in Paddington (1951, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England). Many of his other works are also set in Paddington, the area of London in which he settled. Freud's later work, characterized by more expressive brushwork and greater tonal contrasts, includes a series of portraits of his mother.


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