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.
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
Not on display
© Estate of Lucian Freud/Bridgeman Art Library
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 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.).
Craig Hartley, The etchings of Lucian Freud: a catalogue raisonné 1946-1995, London, 1995. cat.no. 16
Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Lucian Freud etchings 1982-2000, Sydney, 2000. cat.no. 6