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Monday, April 4, 2011

Lucian Freud - Nothing can replace Painting...

The more I learn about Lucian Freud, the more I like him as a dedicated painter.

Yes, his work has always affected me:  It's visceral, bold and real.

Reading the book, "Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud", by Martin Gayford, I primarily was interested in the sitter's point of view. 

As a painter (and even though I have sat for other painters before) I was curious about their point of view of Lucian as a painter. 

This documentary shines a light on Freud as a great painter, one that is dedicated to his work and why his work is so engaging.



The video gives a great insight to an artist's world from the mouths of his family and those that have posed for him.. Lucian put his work first and was focused in creating from his immediate world... I love the tenacity of this artist...




The grueling task of painting from life, of sitting for hours while a painter layers and makes the character of a subject come forward is described here and gives a great insight to the work of an artist.. this artist, Lucian..



Even the fact that Lucian was Sigmund Freud's grandson is addressed by one of Lucian's daughters because of the controversial pose she is painted in.. but this expose of what it was like to be with her father is extraordinary... I wondered as I watched it, had the children ever expressed to Lucian what they felt..

The inside shots of his studio, his environment and how he painted is really most wonderful.. he painted what he saw, despite the criticism of being too accurate.. I love it..

I must find this and finish the film.. Here is the summary for the videos:
Unprecedented, intimate and revealing, this film weaves interviews with a large selection of work by one of the great artists of our century.

Lucian Freud 'Portraits' is an analysis of the artist as seen through the eyes of those who have been best placed to study him - his sitters. Over a period of two years, film-maker Jake Auerbach and Freud's biographer William Feaver filmed many of Freud's subjects, ranging from the late Duke of Devonshire and the now Dowager Duchess of Devonshire to fellow painters David Hockney and Celia Paul; from friends such as Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles to ex-lovers, daughters and grand-daughters.
I was very moved by the way this film portrays this amazing artist.

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