Goodbye Mr. Freud

Rest in Peace dearest Lucian Freud. Yes, he was 88 — and considering his lifestyle that’s damn good — but I’m rather broken up about this. Really, I haven’t felt this bad about a famous person dying, who I didn’t personally know, since Jim Henson and Sam Kinison.

I was lucky enough to see his retrospective at LACMA. I felt really bad for fellow CalArts alumna Laura Owens to have her show next to his. To put any other painter next to a Lucian Freud exhibit is just plain mean, because his work will piss all over them without even trying. That isn’t to say Lucian didn’t try, in fact, he was a notoriously slow painter.

In any event, here are just some of my favorite works…

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2 Responses to “Goodbye Mr. Freud”


  1. 1 treena 07/22/2011 at 8:17 pm

    Wahhhhhhh.

    He and Alice Neel just rocked my (art) world when it came to painting.
    Such amazing palettes…

    What a crappy couple of years, huh? Louise Bourgeois, Cy Twomby, Kenneth Noland, Sigmar Polke…hmmm

    Who am I forgetting…well, it’s easier (in a way) when they’ve lived a long and productive life…not when they’re taken too soon like Hesse and Harring.

  2. 2 treena 07/23/2011 at 9:48 am

    Have you already seen this?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/arts/design/lucian-freud-painter-and-provocateur-appraisal.html

    I thought it was one of the best articles I’ve read on him (but then I always like the personal stuff: it really helps me to better understand someone’s work.)


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