Lucian Freud

Naked Portrait


Lucian Freud 1922–2011
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 610 × 610 mm
frame: 728 × 728 × 55 mm
Purchased 1975

Display caption

Freud is famous for his supposedly objective images of people, particularly naked women. Here the figure is shown lying awkwardly on a bed, with nothing else visible except the stool. It is as if she is an animal on the dissecting table. This feeling is reinforced by the harsh, artificial lighting.The title suggests that this is a painting of a particular person, setting it apart from anonymous or generalised conventional nudes. But Freud’s inclusion of his tools in the foreground reminds us that we are, in fact, looking at the artificial setting of an artist’s studio.

Gallery label, May 2007

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Catalogue entry

T01972 NAKED PORTRAIT 1972–3

Not inscribed
Oil on canvas, 24×24 (61×61)
Purchased from Anthony d'Offay and James Kirkman (Grant-in-Aid) 1975
Exh: Lucian Freud, Hayward Gallery, June 1974, and tour (132, repr.); European Painting in the Seventies: New Work by Sixteen Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September–November, 1975, (29)
Repr: The Tate Gallery 1974–6: Illustrated Biennial Report and Catalogue of Acquisitions, p.41 (colour)

The subject in this painting is the same as in ‘Large Interior, W9’, 1973 and ‘Portrait on a Brown Blanket’, 1972 (which was cut down from a larger picture).

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978


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