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An image of Head on a pillow by Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud

(Germany, England 08 Dec 1922 – 20 Jul 2011)

Head on a pillow
Media category
Materials used
artist proof ii/iv (aside from the edition of 14)

10.2 x 12.7 cm platemark; 23.0 x 24.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "L.F.". Not dated.
Gift of Rex Irwin 2003
Accession number
© Estate of Lucian Freud/Bridgeman Art Library
Not on display
Further information

Between 1946 and 1948 Freud made six etchings before abandoning the medium altogether for more than three decades. This print dates from 1982, the very year that Freud took the medium up again. The etchings from this time are characteristically small in scale and represent portrait heads, often unusually cropped.

The stimulus behind Freud's resumption of etching was the publication of Lawrence Gowing's monograph of the artist. Freud was told by the book's publisher, Thames and Hudson, that it would not be economically viable unless it included a deluxe edition of 100, each with an original etching by him.

Bibliography (3)

Craig Hartley, The etchings of Lucian Freud: a catalogue raisonné 1946-1995, London, 1995. 16

Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Lucian Freud etchings 1982-2000, Sydney, 2000. 6

Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2003 [for the year ended 30 June 2003], 'Year in review', pg.14-35, Sydney, 2003, 20 (illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Lucian Freud, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, 2000–2000

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