Obituary, Lucian Freud

RIP Lucian Freud

[Jakarta, LTTW] On July 20th, a great artist named Lucian Freud has passed away. He was 88. And yes, for those of you who are probing about his last name, Lucian was a grandson of Sigmund Freud—known as the father of psychoanalysis. But that is another thing. And it is surely not the thing that we want to emphasize in honoring his astonishing, stormy life.

Lucian Freud was a German-born British painter. Known largely for his thickly impasted portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time. Some even say he is the best painter in the world for the past decades. Though he is often described as a realist, Freud’s work contains elements of other disciplines, including surrealism.

By the late ’50s, Freud had embarked on what would become his signature style of textured nude paintings. He often turned his gaze on himself. In several unflattering self-portraits, Freud bravely painted himself in various states of undress, his aging body exposed.

The “naked truth”, one may say, is probably what Freud’s try to tell the world through his paintings.  From the portrayal of British’s Queen Elizabeth II to supermodel Kate Moss, he had widely known for his brutally honest perspective and deep “penetration” toward his models’ flesh and soul. Disturbing to some viewers, but a lot more like to think otherwise.

Now he has gone. But yet, one thing is sure: his work of art remain eternal. It’s expressive, it’s enriching. It’s here to stay.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, The Economist 

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