Lucian FreudGirl with a Kitten 1947

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Artist
Lucian Freud (1922‑2011)
Title
Girl with a Kitten
Date 1947
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 410 x 307 x 18 mm frame: 509 x 404 x 58 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008
Reference
T12617
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

Summary

Girl with a Kitten is one of eight portraits that Lucian Freud made of his first wife, Kathleen Garman (1926–2011), between 1947 and 1951. In this closely cropped composition, in which she is pictured against a beige wall, Garman holds a kitten by its neck in a tense grip, her knuckles especially prominent, seeming to half-strangle the animal without concern. Given that Garman was generally known as Kitty (a short form of Kathleen as well as a familiar term for a kitten), her treatment of the cat raises – and consciously leaves entirely unresolved – questions about her self-image. Garman stares into the middle distance with a pensive expression, while the kitten looks directly at the viewer… (read more)

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