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Title

Head on a pillow


Artist

Lucian Freud

Germany, England

08 Dec 1922 - 20 Jul 2011


About

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.


Details


Date

1982


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Edition

artist proof ii/iv (aside from the edition of 14)


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Gift of Rex Irwin 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

107.2003


Artist information

Lucian Freud

Works in the collection

8


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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

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.).