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Lucian Freud and horses: the great love that characterized the entire oeuvre

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In London, an exhibition about the influence of horses on the artist Lucian Freud

London’s Ordovas Gallery paid tribute to the artist Lucian Freud’s centenary with a very specific selection of works – an exhibition dedicated to the artist’s intense love of horses and the influence they had on his life.



The installation shows works borrowed from museum and private collections, on which it is presented the influence of horses on the artist’s life.

Lucian Freud did it is began to admire horses in his early childhood, when it is went riding to the countryside, out of Berlin, where his grandparents raised horses. Later, at boarding school in Devon, he was sometimes even found sleeping in the stables with the horses. Freud it is sketched and painted horses all his life, and his earliest extant work it is sculpture the horse that it is completed at the age of fifteen.

As central exhibit the work should be highlighted at the exhibition A mare it is hay (Mare Eating Hay) from 2006, which has not been exhibited in public until now. A picture it is borrowed from a private collection and it is one of two pictures Siouxmares in the center Wormwood Scrubs Ponywhere you are it is Freud arranged a temporary studio between 2003 and 2006.


In the year that the artist would have celebrated his centenary, at least three different exhibitions with different emphases on his oeuvre are on view (or about to open) in Great Britain.  Photo: Ordovas/Stuart Burford

Sketchbooks and the artist’s correspondence are also on public display for the first time at the exhibition it is also the painter’s self-portrait from 2002, which it is was exhibited at the Met Breuer Museum in 2016, and at the Royal Academy between 2019 and 2020.

“The Obsessed Flesh Painter”Lucian Freud (1922–2011) is considered one of the key British artists of the 20th century. centuries. Art critic Ms it is sometimes referred to as “obsessed flesh painter”, because his nude studies are so naturalistic. He was born it is in Berlin (Bil it is grandson of the famous Sigmund Freud), and in 1933 it is fled to Great Britain with his family from the Nazis; British citizenship it is had from 1939 onwards.

Bacon and Freud, pillars of British art of the 20th century. centuriesIn the summer, they sold his portrait at auction, which it is painted by a British-Irish painter Francis Bacon, for as much as £43.3 million. Portrait it is was painted in 1964 and shows a bare-chested and monstrous-faced Freud sitting on a bench with outstretched arms and clenched fists. It is based on a black and white photograph that it is shot by a mutual friend of both artists, John Deakin, and illuminates the friendship and rivalry between the two artists. According to the auction house Sotheby’s it is work “the example of a couple of the two most important painters in canon art of the 20th centuries. Bacon it is died in 1992 and Freud in 2011.


Photo: Ordovas/Stuart Burford

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