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Lucian Freud, Noted Nude Portrait Artist, Dies at 88

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The grandson of Sigmund Freud and brother of the British television personality Clement Freud suffered from an undisclosed illness.

Lucian Freud, a noted nude portrait artist, died Wednesday night in London. He was 88.

He suffered from a brief, undisclosed illness, his dealer, William Acquavella of Acquavella Galleries, tells the New York Times.

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Freud is a grandson of Sigmund Freud and the brother of British television host Clement Freud.

“Freud has generated a life’s worth of genuinely new painting that sits obstinately across the path of those lesser painters who get by on less. He always pressed to extremes, carrying on further than one would think necessary and rarely letting anything go before it became disconcerting," said William Feaver, a British critic who put together a Freud retrospective in the U.K. in 2002.

Lucian Michael Freud was born on Dec. 8, 1922 in Berlin. His father, Ernst, was Sigmund Freud's youngest son. The family fled to London in 1933 once Hitler came into power.

He served time in the Navy in the 1940s.

He was heavily influenced by artist Francis Bacon, who was the subject of one of his most famous works, an oil painted on copper in 1952. They both showed art at the Venice Biennale in 1954, the Times reports.

“Full, saturated colors have an emotional significance that I want to avoid,” he said. "For me the paint is the person.”

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art displayed a retrospective of his work in 1993.

 

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