Lucian Freud
Woman with an Arm Tattoo 1996

Artwork details

Lucian Freud 1922–2011
Woman with an Arm Tattoo
Date 1996
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 596 x 816 mm
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1997
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Since the 1950s Lucian Freud has pursued an individual artistic course as a painter and draughtsman of the nude model from life. Freud is known primarily for his paintings, but in the last decade his graphic work has become increasingly admired. In this study of a woman, his fascination with the substance and physical quality of flesh can be seen in the detailed folds of loose skin around the woman's neck and chest. His unflinching eye reveals both the vulnerability and fallibility of the human body. The wear and tear of experience is imprinted, like this woman's tattoo, on the body's surface.

August 2004