Lucian Freud

Girl in a Striped Nightshirt

1983–5

Artist
Lucian Freud 1922–2011
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 305 x 256 x 20 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker 2013 and forming part of the Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker Gift to Tate
Reference
T13719

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

Exhibition: School of London

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The sitter for this work is the artist Celia Paul (born 1959), who was a student at the Slade School of Art, London in the late 1970s when Freud returned there as a visiting tutor. Paul became Freud’s lover and in 1984 had a son by him. The intimacy that this work conveys, enhanced by its focus on the head and shoulders of the figure and her attire, is not simply due to the personal relationship between artist and subject. It is also a result of the intense scrutiny under which Freud placed his subjects while painting.

Gallery label, October 2013

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