Exhibition organised by Marlborough Graphics and The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
A powerful new exhibition of work by one of the world’s most celebrated artists opened at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art last year.
Lucian Freud: Etchings 1946-2004 brings together rarely seen works by an artist more usually renowned for his outstanding ability as a painter. Comprising of over sixty original etchings, the exhibition will include virtually every print that Freud has made, from the late 1940s to work completed this year and shown for the first time; this will be the first ever full retrospective devoted to his work as a printmaker.
Born in Berlin in 1922, Freud moved with his family to England in the 1930s. He studied at various art colleges during the war-years, and his prodigious ability as a young artist soon marked him out and brought him international acclaim. His earliest work, dating from the 1940s, has a hallucinatory quality that relates it to Surrealism, but his art has always been based on intense observation of the real world.
Freud produced a handful of etchings, mostly while in Paris between 1946 and 1948 (such as Ill in Paris, of his first wife, Kitty Garman, daughter of the sculptor Jacob Epstein), but did not take up that technique again until 1982. As with his paintings, Freud’s prints concentrate almost exclusively on the human figure and are as forceful as his works in oil. His supreme ability as a draughtsman lends itself to the monochromatic, controlled technique of etching, and he has used this medium with great effect to produce works that combine qualities of intimacy and intensity.
For further information please contact Frankie Rossi, Tamara Dial or
Anthony Hartley at Marlborough Graphics on 020 7629 5161 or