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U.S. TEXAS. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents exhibition of Lucian Freud portraits
31/07/2012 15:26:52

One of the most ambitious exhibitions of the paintings and drawings by Lucian Freud ever organized opened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. With over 100 paintings and works on paper loaned from museums and private collections throughout the world, Lucian Freud Portraits is organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in close partnership with the late Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud is widely considered the greatest portrait painter of the twentieth century. His visceral renderings of people from all walks of life have a painterly and psychological drama that is unparalleled in contemporary art. For much of a century—from the late 1940s until his recent death in July 2011—Freud made the living human presence his subject. The Modern’s chief curator, Michael Auping, remarks,“ While numerous generations of artists working in the genre of portraiture have come to rely on the photographic image, Freud always insisted on being in the room with his subjects as he painted. His portraits are not only the result of the artist’s intense observations, but often subtle interactions between painter and subject. His paintings represent these relationships, as well as the unique people they portray.”

Freud's subjects range from neighbors, friends, lovers, family, art world personalities, and royalty; what could be thought of as a biography through painting.

Among the celebrated works included are: Girl with a White Dog (1950-1); Hotel Bedroom (1954); The Painter's Mother Resting (1982-4); Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau) (1981-3); Frank Auerbach (1975); Standing by the Rags and Lying by the Rags (1988-90), and A Sunny Morning - Eight Legs (1997). Loans have been drawn from private collections and museums worldwide including Tate, MOMA New York, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, British Council and Art Institute of Chicago.

Learn more at www.themodern.org/

Image: Lucian Freud. Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985. Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive. Image copyright: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive. www.themodern.org/

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