Artist Lucian Freud Dead

21 July 2011. By Terry Ward. (revised)

Temporary anti-dust clear wrap covers Lucian Freud's 1991-2, Naked Man Back View during set-up of an exhibit the Met circa 2008.
(Photo: exclusive Terry Ward / GrumpyVisualArtist.BlogSpot.com)

Leading British visual artist Lucian Freud, known for somewhat psychologically-disturbing figurative realism, died on July 20 in London. Born in 1922, this Germanic grandson of Sigmund Freud took British citizenship in 1939 --even eventually earning Order of Merit medal. Artist Freud bucked trends in art by championing naturalistic painting at a time when the art world celebrated abstract expressionism. He also bucked social mores --reportedly having numerous affairs and fathering two dozen or more children from assorted partners. Apparently much of his life --like so much of his art-- focused on nude human forms. His legacy (artistic, not genetic) is in museums worldwide including MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and others. He was 88. Funeral details are pending.


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