Catalogue entry

T03105 TWO PLANTS 1977–80


Inscribed on stretcher with advice against varnishing
Oil on canvas, 59 3/8 × 47 3/4 (150 × 120)
Purchased from Anthony d'Offay Ltd (Grant-in-Aid) 1980
Exh: Lucian Freud, Anthony d'Offay, October–November 1982 (3)
Repr: Lawrence Gowing, Lucian Freud, 1982, pl.160 in colour (a detail is reproduced in colour on the front and back covers); London Magazine, XXII, October 1982, p.21; The Tate Gallery: Illustrated Biennial Report 1980–82, 1983, p.54

Dr Bernard Verdcourt of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, wrote (letter, 24 November 1982) that the climbing plant is Helichrysum petiolarum DC, and the plant at the bottom of the picture Aspidistra elatior Bl. James Kirkman told the compiler that both plants were indoors in the artist's studio, and that during the years when the painting was in progress both underwent changes, one of them nearly dying.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984