Lucian Freud

David and Eli

2003–4

Artist
Lucian Freud 1922–2011
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1626 x 1740 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 2014
On long term loan
Reference
L03637

On loan to: Museo Picasso Málaga (Malaga, Spain)

Exhibition: School of London

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The naked man in this portrait is David Dawson, Freud’s studio assistant during the last twenty years of his life. The dog is Eli, one of Freud’s whippets. This is the second of a series of four large paintings that show Dawson alongside Eli or Freud’s other dog, Pluto. Many of Freud’s late nudes were noted for their uncompromising scrutiny of the human body, densely applying paint to explore the materiality of flesh. By contrast, David and Eli evokes an underlying tenderness, and the deep connection between man and dog.

Gallery label, September 2015

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