Lucian Freud

Girl with a White Dog

1950–1

Not on display

Artist
Lucian Freud 1922–2011
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 × 1016 mm
frame: 954 × 1200 × 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1952
Reference
N06039

Display caption

This painting shows Kitty Garman, Freud’s first wife. Although it is hard to tell from the painting, Garman is pregnant with their second child. The setting, the dog’s pose, and the way her robe appears to have slipped off her shoulder, exposing her breast, give this image an intimate feel. This contrasts with the anonymous title of the work, and Garman’s blank expression. Freud was known for depicting his sitters – often friends and lovers – in a way that suggests intimacy, but often feel uncomfortable for the viewer.

Gallery label, July 2020

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Catalogue entry

N06039 GIRL WITH A WHITE DOG 1950–1
 

Inscr. ‘1950–51’ on back.

Canvas, 30×40 (76×102).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1952.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, May 1952 (2), lent by the Tate Gallery; Venice Biennale, 1954 (British Pavilion, 79).

The sitter was the artist's first wife Kathleen, daughter of Epstein and Kathleen Garman. She appears in many of his early pictures.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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