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Portrait of Ib

Portrait of Ib

1977-1978

Lucien Freud

(British, 1922-2011)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 63 x 53 x 7 cm (24 13/16 x 20 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 50.7 x 40.6 cm (19 15/16 x 16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1979.15

Description

One of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud combines traditional rendering of the nude figure with modern expressiveness of paint on canvas. Though the artist has always focused on intimate portraits of family and friends, they are rendered with meticulous and sometimes unforgiving detail. This painting depicts Freud’s daughter Isobel as a teenager. For Freud, "the paint is the person," evidenced here in his liberal use of rich impasto.

See also
Collection: 
CONTEMP - Painting
Department: 
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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