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Title

After Chardin


Artist

Lucian Freud

Germany, England

08 Dec 1922 - 20 Jul 2011


About

This etching is based on an oil painting by Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin entitled 'The young schoolmistress' c.1735-6.

Freud selected this work by Chardin after he had been invited by the National Gallery London to respond to a painting in the permanent collection with the resulting work to be included, together with that of 23 other contemporary artists, in the exhibition, 'Encounters: New Art from Old' at the National Gallery London in 2000.

Freud was inspired to make two painted versions and one etched interpretation of Chardin. The etching (like the painted versions) and their 18th-century prototype shows the tender relationship between a child and his young schoolmistress, studying sheets of paper on a bureau top, though Freud has omitted the needle-like pointer from the schoolmistress's hand. Freud also draws attention to the girl's ear. He believes that Chardin painted here the most beautiful ear in art.


Details


Date

2000


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching on Somerset textured white paper


Edition

35/46


Dimensions

59.7 x 73.0 cm platemark; 78.0 x 96.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "L.F.". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Margaret Olley 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

555.2000


Artist information

Lucian Freud

Works in the collection

8


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Martin Gayford, Modern Painters, 'A physical truth: What Lucian Freud sees in Chardin', pg.74-77, Summer 2000, 74, 76 (illus.).

Richard Morphet and Robert Rosenblum, Encounters: new art from old, London, 2000, 132 (illus.). no. 2

Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart selections, Sydney, 2002. NOTE: No catalogue numbers; Margaret Olley selection.

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Freudian etchings and other revelations', pg.22-23, Melbourne, Aug 2001, 22 (illus.), 23.

Peter Raissis, Whistler to Freud: Etchings in Great Britain, Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 34