Lucian Freud Drawings

April 30 – June 8, 2012

Lucian Freud, Dark Coat II
1948
Pencil on paper
11 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches (28.8 x 21.4 cm)
Private Collection
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Palm Tree
1942
Pastel, chalk and ink on paper
24 1/4 x 17 1/8 inches (61.5 x 43.5 cm)
Freud Museum, London
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Head of a Man
1986
Charcoal on paper
25 3/8 x 18 5/8 inches (64.4 x 47.3 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Agnes Gund, 1988 (36.1988)
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

Lucian Freud, Cacti and Stuffed Bird
1943
Pencil and colored crayon on paper
16 3/4 x 21 1/2 inches (42.6 x 54.6 cm)
Acquavella Galleries
© The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Tenby Harbour
1944
Crayon on paper
16 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches (41.2 x 52 cm)
National Museum of Wales
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Photo Courtesy National Museum of Wales

Lucian Freud, Dead Monkey
1944
Ink on paper, 7 7/8 x 12 3/4 in. (20 x 32.5 cm)
Private Collection
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Dead Monkey
1950
Pastel and watercolor on paper
8 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches (21.3 x 36.2 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1954 (547.1954).
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

Lucian Freud, Interior Scene
1948
Pastel and Conté crayon on paper
22 1/2 x 19 inches (57.1 x 48.2 cm)
Private Collection
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, La Voisine (The Neighbour)
1947
Crayon on paper, 16 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. (41.3 x 34.3 cm)
Courtesy Austin Desmond Fine Art
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Photo © The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Startled Man: Self-Portrait
1948
Pencil on paper
9 x 5 5/8 inches (22.9 x 14.3 cm)
Private Collection
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Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Study of Francis Bacon
1951
Crayon and chalk on paper
12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (54.7 x 42 cm)
Private Collection
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Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Head of a Woman Laughing
1954
Crayon on paper, 10 3/8 x 7 in. (26.3 x 17.8 cm)
Matthew Marks Gallery
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Photo © Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Lucian Freud, Self-Portrait
1961
Watercolor on paper
13 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches (34.6 x 24.8 cm)
Josh Conviser and Martine Conviser Fedyszyn
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo Jason Dewey

Lucian Freud, Head of Success II
1983
Charcoal and crayon on paper
9 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches (24.1 x 33.7 cm)
Acquavella Galleries
© The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, A Filly
1969
Pencil and watercolor on paper
13 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches (34.5 x 24 cm)
Private Collection
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, The Painter's Mother
1972
Oil on canvas, 13 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (35 x 27.2 cm)
Acquavella Galleries
© The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Two Figures from 'Large Interior W11 (After Watteau)'
1983
Charcoal, turpentine and white crayon on paper
30 x 22 1/4 inches (76.2 x 56.5 cm)
Private Collection, courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Lucian Freud, Dark Haired Neighbour
2010
Charcoal on primed linen
15 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches (39.4 x 27.3 cm)
Acquavella Galleries
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Lucian Freud, The Painter's Mother
1940
Ink on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. (21.3 x 14.6 cm)
Matthew Marks Gallery
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, The Painter's Mother
1940
Ink on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. (21.3 x 14.6 cm)
Matthew Marks Gallery
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman
1985
Charcoal on paper
13 x 10 1/2 inches (33 x 26.7 cm)
National Portrait Gallery, London
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Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Naked Man on a Sofa
1989
Charcoal on paper
22 3/8 x 29 7/8 inches (56.8 x 75.9 cm)
Aaron I. Fleischman
© The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Small Garden
1997
Oil on canvas, 8 x 5 in. (20.3 x 12.7 cm)
Private Collection
© The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud, Wanted
2001
Charcoal and pastel on paper
11 1/2 x 16 inches (29.2 x 40.6 cm)
Private Collection
© The Lucian Freud Archive
Photo © Lucian Freud Archive

Press Release

Lucian Freud Drawings at Acquavella Galleries
Most Comprehensive Works on Paper Exhibition by Freud in the United States

(New York, NY) Acquavella Galleries is pleased to announce Lucian Freud Drawings, the most comprehensive survey of works on paper by Lucian Freud ever exhibited in the United States, from May 1st – June 9th, 2012. Curated by William Feaver, the exhibition will include over eighty works spanning from 1940 to the present day, many on loan from prestigious public and private collections. Feaver, who organized Freud’s acclaimed retrospectives at Tate Britain, London (2002) and the Museo Correr, Venice (2005), worked with the artist over a four-year period to assemble the exhibition. The show aims to present Freud’s drawings, often overshadowed by his paintings, as a fundamental aspect of the artist’s oeuvre. Lucian Freud Drawings was organized in cooperation with Blain|Southern in London, where it was on view from February 14th through April 5th, 2012, coinciding with a major retrospective of Freud’s paintings at The National Portrait Gallery.

The works in Lucian Freud Drawings range from intimate portraits of Freud’s family and friends to landscapes and studies of animals. A wide variety of mediums will be on view including charcoal, pastel, conté, pen and ink, crayon, etching and watercolor. The works on paper will also be juxtaposed alongside Freud’s oil paintings to demonstrate how each medium influenced the other.

Many of the works were selected by the late artist from sketchbooks and have never been before exhibited. Freud stated “I very much prided myself on my drawing” and understood his drawings to be absolutely integral to his paintings. Feaver also highlights “the interplay between the works on paper, both drawings and etching, and the paintings of the past seventy years”. Feaver underlines that drawing is and always has been “a powerful strand in Freud’s work.” The exhibition traces Freud’s development from early childhood sketches begun in 1930 through work from 2011, the last year of his life. Though Freud’s drawing output became less prolific in the early 1950s, when he began concentrating primarily on painting, the exhibition includes important works on paper from all periods of the artist’s life. The show also covers his work in etching, including his experimentation with the medium in the late 1940s and his more extensive work in etching beginning in the 1980s.

Lucian Freud Drawings represents Acquavella Galleries’ fifth exhibition of the artist’s work. “We were the exclusive representative for Lucian Freud for nineteen years, a relationship that became an enduring friendship,” explained William Acquavella. “We began the conversation about this exhibition several years ago and he was an enthusiastic collaborator, helping to locate major works on paper particularly from the early days of his career. Sadly he did not live to see this exhibition which we hope will establish that, while Freud has been justifiably celebrated as the greatest figurative painter of his generation, his graphic work deserves no less acclaim.”

Lucian Freud (1922 to 2011) was born in Berlin and later emigrated with his family to England. Internationally renowned as a portrait painter, he has painted notable figures including The Queen of England, Lord Rothschild, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, Kate Moss, and fellow artists David Hockney and Francis Bacon. Freud has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives and exhibitions, including shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Museo Correr in Venice, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Tate Britain, and the Scottish National Gallery of Art.

In addition to his curatorial work, William Feaver is the author of Lucian Freud (New York: Rizzoli, 2007), the most comprehensive publication to date on the artist, covering a span of seventy years.

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Lucian Freud Review by Doug McClemont Summer 2012

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Lucian Freud Review by Gregory Montreuil July - August - September 2012

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Surprising Young Lucian June 21, 2012

Bamboo
Lucian Freud in London and New York May 14, 2012

New York Times
A Painter Stripped Bare May 11, 2012

Art Daily
Survey of Works on Paper by Lucian Freud on view at Acquavella Galleries May 11, 2012

The Art Newspaper
New York's billion-dollar art week May 3, 2012

Huffington Post
Lucian Freud's Unseen Drawings Arrive at Acquavella Galleries May 2, 2012

Gallerist
Lucian Freud's Drawings at Acquavella Galleries April 25, 2012

ARTINFO
"Museum-Quality" Moneymakers March 29, 2012

Financial Times
Lucian Freud Drawings, Blain Southern, London February 20, 2012

TimeOut London
Review of Lucian Freud Portraits and Drawings February 9, 2012

The Telegraph
Unseen masterpeices by Lucian Freud unveiled for the first time January 29, 2012

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