The sitter Sue – Lucien Freud


Lucian Freud’s subject of a civil servant asleep, (The Benefits Supervisor) 1995 The (German) painter, Lucian

Freud’s portrait of a nude woman may break the auction record for any sold work by a living artist. The sitter, Sue Tilley, is painted asleep on a tattered sofa in a small room with wooden floors. Lucian Freud is fascinated with painting human flesh. He is particularly moved to paint unusual body types in his hallmarked thick, caked brushstrokes that explore the layers of grey, yellow ochre, blue and pink on the bodies surface.

Freud works like a voyeur, picking up all the details that make skin’s mystery, alive and his ability is also combine a tonal subtleness without any contamination. This work shows the ability to paint expressively as the hefty model visually sinks into the sofa’s springs and is offset by the detail of the upholstery fabric.

Collectors are infatuated with paintings that have a similar appeal to Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853-1890, (Van Gogh’s landmark use of tilted perspective draws the attention most desired and Freud’s flatness is shown. The work goes on sale in New York and may fetch over 35 million US Dollars, an unnoticeable dent in the wallets to perspective buyers.

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