Lucian Freud

Woman with an Arm Tattoo


Not on display

Lucian Freud 1922–2011
Etching on paper
Image: 596 × 816 mm
Presented anonymously 1997

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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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Technique and condition

An etching printed in black ink on white wove Somerset paper. The plate has been left unwiped for printing, creating a background tone on the paper. The artist has signed the print 'L.F.' and inscribed 'AP' in the bottom margin. The print is in mint condition.

Calvin Winner
March 1998


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