Etching with scraping and burnishing
Sheet: 79.3 x 63.4 cm (31 1/4 x 24 15/16 in.); Platemark: 69.5 x 54.5 cm (27 3/8 x 21 7/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1996.233
Catalogue raisonné: Hartley 47; Hartley and Blanchebarbe 19
Edition: 40 plus 12 artist's proofs
The artist of this work, Lucien Freud, was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.
The British artist Lucien Freud was known for portraiture, aiming to produce images that were "of the people not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, [but rather] being them." This image depicts performance artist Leigh Bowery, known for his elaborate costumes and makeup. Bowery became one of Freud's favorite subjects after they met in 1988 and he sat for numerous painted and printed portraits.
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