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Lucian Freud

British Painter

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Movements and Styles: School of London, Expressionism, Realism

Born: December 8, 1922 - Berlin, Germany

Died: July 20, 2011 - London, England

"A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure."

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Lucian Freud, renowned for his unflinching observations of anatomy and psychology, made even the beautiful people (including Kate Moss) look ugly. One of the late twentieth-century's most celebrated portraitists, Freud painted only those closest to him: friends and family, wives and mistresses, and, last but not least, himself. His insightful series of self-portraits spanned over six decades. Unusual among artists with such long careers, his style remained remarkably consistent. Perhaps inevitably, the psychic intensity of his portraits, and his notoriously long sessions with sitters have been compared with the psychoanalytic practice of his famous grandfather, Sigmund Freud.

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