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Lucian Freud

[German-born British Painter, 1922-2011]

• Relationships: Grandson of Sigmund Freud.
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Normally I underplay facial expression when painting the figure, because I want expression to emerge through the body. I used to do only heads, but came to feel that I relied too much on the face. I want the head, as it were, to be more like another limb.
- Lucian Freud, quoted by Michael Kimmelman (found at


    Lucian Freud Works Online    
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Original works by Lucian Freud available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!
"Artists in Depth" page for Lucian Freud

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Large Head, 1993
(In the "Etching" section)

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Most but not all artists in the NGA database have works online

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
After CÚzanne

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Sir Cedric Morris
The Painter's Brother, Stephen Freud
, 1985-86

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Bibliotheque Nationale de France (in French)  
Lord Goodman in his yellow pyjamas, 1987

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Museum of London, UK
Portrait of John Minton, 1952

National Museums Liverpool, UK
Interior at Paddington, 1951

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
4 works online

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England
Self-Portrait with Hyacinth in Pot, 1947-48

Scheringa Museum voor Realisme, Spanbroek, Netherlands
(Click on the artwork titles, not the thumbnails)

Southampton City Art Gallery, England
Bananas, 1952

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

Victoria Gallery and Museum at the University of Liverpool, England
Paddington Interior

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
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National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
7 works online when last checked

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteLucian Freud at The Artchive

Notable SiteLucian Freud at The Athenaeum
23 works online

Notable SiteLucian Freud in the WebMuseum

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Notable SiteThe First Post
(Click "Next" a couple of times to see another work by Freud)

British Council Arts Group

FBI Art Theft Program
Portrait of Francis Bacon, oil on copper, 1951

Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

UBS Financial Services Art Collection

UK Government Art Collection

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Lucian Freud  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Apollo Magazine
"A new painting of a horse by Lucian Freud shows that his genius for portraiture is not applied only to humans"

Art + Auction Magazine
Ib and Her Husband, 1992

Art + Auction Magazine
Woman with an Arm Tattoo, 1996

artcritical, the online magazine of art and ideas
The Brigadier

Named as one of "The 10 Most Expensive Living Artists"

Brain-Juice - 20th Century Biographies

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 71): Lucian Freud

Modern Painters Magazine
Brief review of "Lucian Freud: l'Atelier" at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010)

Resource Library Magazine
Bruce Bernard, 1996

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Leigh Bowery (Seated), 1990

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
"The eye that devours", 2002 review by Adrian Searle

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
"Beneath the skin of a painted lady: the best royal portrait for 150 years", brief 2001 article by Adrian Searle

The London Evening Standard
"Freud the fraudulent", 2008 article by Brian Sewell

The London Evening Standard
"Ooh la la, Freud!", 2010 article by Brian Sewell

The London Evening Standard
"Why's Freud in the WC?", 2004 article by Brian Sewell

The London Evening Standard
"Freud presents Constable", 2002 article by Brian Sewell

The London Evening Standard
"Something of a Freudian slip", 2002 article by Brian Sewell

The New York Observer
"Mud and Fog on Canvas: Kossoff and Lucian Freud", article by Hilton Kramer

The New Yorker
"Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings" at MOMA, brief 2008 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The New Yorker
"Lucian Freud retrospective at Tate Britain", 2002 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The Telegraph Newspaper, UK
Lucian Freud on Titian's Diana and Callisto and Diana and Actaeon

Audio selections from an interview with the artist

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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Lucian Freud: Etchings

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Lucian Freud: Paintings

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Lucian Freud

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Lucian Freud: Recent Drawings and Etchings


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