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Title

After Chardin

2000

Artist

Lucian Freud

Germany, England

08 Dec 1922 – 20 Jul 2011

  • Details

    Date
    2000
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching
    Edition
    35/46 [edition of 46 + 12 A/P, 2 P/P]
    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
    Copyright
    © Estate of Lucian Freud/Bridgeman Art Library

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    Lucian Freud

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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