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Blain|Southern: Lucian Freud: Drawings - 17 Feb 2012 to 5 Apr 2012

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17 Feb 2012 to 5 Apr 2012

Blain|Southern
21 Dering Street
London
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Lucian Freud:
Startled Man: Self Portrait, 1948, Pencil, 22.9 x 14.3 cm


Artists in this exhibition: Lucian Freud


Lucian Freud: Drawings
Blain|Southern
17 February – 5 April 2012

Drawings:
Blain|Southern
6 Hill Street
London W1J 5NF

Archive:
Blain|Southern
21 Dering Street
London W1S 1AL


Lucian Freud began by drawing, and drawing remained, for over seventy years, the basis of his art.’
William Feaver


Blain|Southern is delighted to present the most comprehensive survey of works on paper by Lucian Freud (b.1922 – 2011). Beginning in the 1940s and spanning the artist’s career, Lucian Freud: Drawings brings together more than 100 works, many of which have never been shown in public before.

Curator William Feaver, who presented Freud’s acclaimed retrospectives at Tate Britain, London (2002) and the Museo Correr,Venice(2005),worked closely with the artist on this exhibition for the last five years, until his death in July 2011. Freud always prided himself on his drawing, and Feaver believes that the ‘interplay between the works on paper, both drawings and etchings, and the paintings of the past 70 years’ was crucial to his artistic achievement. The curator emphasises that he has aimed ‘to accomplish not so much a retrospective overview as a study of Freud’s development from prodigy onwards.’

The works range from the intimate, including portraits of his mother and father, his children and close friends - among them the painter Francis Bacon - to landscapes and studies of animals. Etchings, watercolours, gouaches and works rendered in chalk, charcoal, pastel, conté, and pen and ink, are to be interspersed with oil paintings, constantly interrelating.

Speaking of the artist’s earliest work, Feaver observes: ‘From childhood there were drawings of goblins and fairies, tables piled high and the pear tree outside the Freuds’ holiday home on the Baltic island of Hiddensee. Later came fantastical jeux d’espirit, sharp images of friends patient enough to sit for him, etchings and drawings demonstrating his love of Ingres.’ The exhibition traces Freud’s development from this phase up to the early 1950s when he chose to concentrate primarily on his painting; although, as a number of previously unexhibited drawings vividly demonstrate, he continued to draw. It also covers his return to etching in the 1980s.

Encompassing more than seven decades, the works in this exhibition have been borrowed from museums, as well as from friends and private collections. Taken as a whole, the selection illuminates an aspect of Freud’s oeuvre that was often overshadowed by his painting, the truth being that to him, drawing was the essence of his practice from first to last.

Lucian Freud: Drawings has been co-organised with Acquavella Galleries, New York, and coincides with a major retrospective of Freud’s paintings at the National Portrait Gallery, London, curated by Sarah Howgate, which will then travel to Fort Worth, Texas, 2 July – 28 October 2012.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact Mark Inglefield
T: +44 758 419 9500


Notes to editors
Lucian Freud was born in Berlin in 1922, and died in England, July 2011. He held the Ordre du Mérite and the Order of the Companions of Honour. Recent solo exhibitions include: Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (2008); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2007).

Art critic William Feaver is the author of Lucian Freud (New York: Rizzoli, 2007), the most comprehensive publication on the artist to date; he is currently engaged on Freud’s biography.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, Lucian Freud: Drawings, which includes new essays by William Feaver and Mark Rosenthal, adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Lucian Freud: Drawings will be displayed for seven weeks in London at Blain|Southern’s Mayfair exhibition spaces. It will then travel to Acquavella Galleries, New York, where it will be exhibited from 30 April – 9 June, 2012.







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