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Lucian Freud|Portrait Artist|Figurative Art

Updated on June 25, 2014

Facts About Lucian Freud-Painter Dies at 88 12/8/22- 7/20/11

Lucian Freud died at age 88 from a brief illness. He will be missed, RIP. Best known for his nudes but also for his portraitue work. He was a master of color and painted from a magical array of them, creating a host of colors for flesh tones that might not always be considered. They were subtle, not to the point of being pop art. "He said everything he did was autobiographical and a self portrait. He was a witty, impulsive artist but generous with it."

I first discovered the artwork of Lucian Freud from a neighbor. I cannot even remember his name now.. no matter, I remembered the name of Freud. My neighbor, kind of an art want to be at the time, practiced and practiced to make each stroke he made on canvas look just like his heroes. His hero of art being Lucian Freud. He did pretty well actually when I think back on it. Lots of people do that, copy the masters, I have done it a few times as well.

What is so remarkable to me about the artwork of Lucian Freud's is his use of color. At first glance one would think his figures were all just flesh tones... but no... no way, there are tons of different colors used. His texture and brush stokes are remarkable as well.

Soo ya know? Maybe my neighbor was on the right track!

One thing I remember from several years ago I guess, there was a big uproar when Freud painted Queen Elizabeth. I cannot understand the roar though.. I thought it was fabulous! Take a look at it on this lens and see what YOU think!

Lucian Freud was born in Berlin in 1922.

He is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Gads, what must that have been like? Hard to imagine.

In 1933, the family moved to London, England. By the early 1940's, Freud had begun painting full time. To this day, London is Freud's permanent home from which he rarely leaves." Godard Gallery

"My work is purely autobiographical,...It is about myself and my surroundings. I work from people that interest me and that I care about, in rooms that I know... When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't. There is a distinction between fact and truth. Truth has an element of revelation about it. If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so." - L.F.



TURN ON SOME MUSIC.. All the Wild Horses by Ray Lamontagne. His music is for sale on this lens.

FEEL the MUSIC as you enjoy the work of Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud Prints & Books

Three reasons to love Lucian Freud


Three reasons to love Lucian Freud?

His passion, his patience and his vision.

The Value of Being Creative and Why You Need to Embrace It

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Creativity is something to be honored. It is an abstract way of thinking and a base for theoretical ideas, that did not exist before you, or someone else, produced them.

Creativity is something that is interjected into science, nature, philosophy, the arts and just about everything we know and do. It takes a thinking mind to create something of consequence or relevance. Writing; painting; sculpting; taking photographs; baking cookies; arranging flowers; grooming a dog; even re-arranging your desk, it all takes a certain mind frame that is advanced by your conscious input. Be proud of that, by doing the very best you can, in every endeavor you put your mind to. You create and dare I say I even breathe, for that reason.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." ~ Einstein

Know that when you create, anything at all, that you are taking an adventure within your own imagination. It is that energy and and intelligence, that sets us a part from animals. Well... most of them anyway, I have seen documentaries of some pretty creative birds. I am sure you can think of a few exceptions as well. You get the picture though I am sure.

If creativity is suspended, in any of the arts, or sciences or even the minor things in our daily lives, I believe a person has stopped pursuing self improvement, and thus begins to shrivel up, both in body and mind and most assuredly in heart. That lack penetrates everything, leaving a person with a certain dullness, that is difficult to restore, once it is gone. We are resilient though, we humans, so it is never too late to pursue ones creative adventures, in whatever interest they might fall upon.

When creativity is pursued in any form, it perpetuates a motion that is difficult to contain. It flows into everything you do and think and see and feel. Poems, paintings, defined philosophies, scientific discoveries and yes, even dog grooming and baking cookies, are based on the creative mind.

Think beyond our your own circle, don't be stuck there, never knowing what is possible for yourself. In that effort you will indeed find knowledge and beauty, that you had not noticed before.

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen:

I paint and sculpt female fantasy art and map fairy tale adventures. I dream of beautiful women on canvas and art of exotic women. My career has ALWAYS been art. It has up and downs, for creativity is a very tempestuous lover. Some days I hate it, but I cannot help myself. I succumb to its relentless outbursts that include too many colors to ignore, not always perfect but always striving.

I have illustrated for Hay House Inc.,"Meditations of Women Who Do Too Much" CARDS, taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I also illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.

Giclee canvas art work, greeting cards and posters are available for sale on my website:

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The image is of my sculpture Bleeding Wings 5


Lucian Freud QUOTES

+ The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.

+ I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong.

+ I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do.

+ I have a hatred of habit and routine. And what dogs love is just that. They like regular everything, and I don't have regular anything. I have a timetable, but no routine.

+ My work is purely autobiographical.. It is about myself and my surroundings. I work from people that interest me and that I care about, in rooms that I know.

+ When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't. There is a distinction between fact and truth. Truth has an element of revelation about it. If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so.

Artist Lucian Freud

About That Painting of the Queen...

The painting in question is posted above in this lens. Check it out and tell me what ya think.

The painting itself is very small, six by nine inches (about 15 by 22 centimeters). It wasn't commissioned, but done on Lucian Freud's request as a gift to the Queen. One can only presume that she was familiar with Lucian Freud's style and knew what she was letting herself in for.

Some of the critics of the painting seemed surprised that Lucian Freud had the audacity to paint his monarch in his usual intense, penetrating style.

The Sun newspaper described it as "a travesty" saying Freud should be "locked in the Tower" for it. The Editor of the British Art Journal was quoted as saying: "It makes her look like one of the royal corgis who has suffered a stroke."

Lucan Freud is known for requiring sitters to come to his studio for many, many sessions. Obviously you doesn't tell your monarch to come to your studio; instead the sittings happened at St James's Palace, between May 2000 and December 2001. At Freud's request, the Queen wore the diamond crown she wears for the opening of the British parliament and in her portrait on stamps and bank notes. Freud was quoted as saying this was because he "had always liked the way her head looks on stamps, wearing a crown" and he "wanted to make some reference to the extraordinary position she holds, of being the monarch."

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What do you think of Lucian Freud's Painting of Queen Elizabeth?

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I LOVE it!

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  • blue22d 5 years ago

    I agree - she needs to lay off the lemons. I like the colors and it has character.

  • Andy 5 years ago from London, England

    Another wonderful painting by Lucien Freud.

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    The painting of the Queen is amazing, what a compliment!

  • MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

    I like it a lot, it is certainly more interesting than most portraits. If they want something different they should take a photo.

  • Jennie Hennesay 9 years ago from Lubbock TX

    Looks as much like her as it can and remain true to Lucian Freud's style.

  • kathysart 9 years ago


Humm not sure.

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  • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    I don't think she was very happy with that picture...

  • Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

    oh dear, she's been sucking lemons all day!

  • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

    the queen must be shocked to see this picture. she was surely not amused. she looks better than that painting.

What is Passion in Art ?

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Passion art...

So what is it? Clearly Lucian Freud had it. You can see a and feel it in his work.

Check out the brush strokes...

Reflection (Self-portrait) Lucian Freud

Reflection (Self-portrait) Lucian Freud
Reflection (Self-portrait) Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud a Couple Facts

Lucian Freud in His Studio.. Wow!
Lucian Freud in His Studio.. Wow!

Lucian's grandfather, Sigmund Freud was not given a Noble Prize because supposedly they could not find a subject for him.

Lucian Freud's forte was Surrealism & Neo-realism, many of nudes in random patterns as well as portraits.

Twice married and many affairs.

Ray Lamontagne "Trouble"

The Muse

The Muse is found in Greek and Roman mythology, that each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences. Most often a woman, and yet sometimes just a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

Listening to Our Own Breath and the Miracle of Being

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Creativity is getting in touch with your inner being and in turn the MIRACLE of being...

We are so close to feeling peaceful


and yet so very far


As soon as a breath is taken in

we are ready to release it

and yet

it goes without noticing

only to come

then go


There is splendor


brilliance in all creation

and I think I missed

its shedding tear

as my breath


less clear

to me


this moment

that I do feel it

and see

its wondrous


This day

this moment

my breath

coming forth from me

is thus


Its such a simple thing

yet there are volumes of conclusions

many who claim it

name it

with new resolutions

on what makes life sacred

and what does

in fact

give to us

our grace


our bleeding wings.

There are tokens


waiting to fly


of everyone.

Sunsets singing

breezes on our skin

the softness of rain

as it just


to fall

from its telling clouds.

Promises of rainbows

whether we open our hearts

or not

to understand

all we are

and just how fleeting this moment

in time is

and how loudly

or softly

it can call.


your own breath.

Our tattered frames

as age takes us ore


dreams and days lived

through all of life's plans

known by us

or simply passing us by.



or not

our lives continue

with our glorious breathing.


and out


or not.

And within all that has been known

by Rumi's speechless moon

stars turning in their galaxies

our breath has always been there.

The sky to view


or not

missed sunrises

still groomed the lighted sky.

Even on days we failed to arise

to meet the morning

and embrace

a single dove

in flight.

To a world God groomed

time comes and goes

and within our heroics

in the end

it is our very breaths

that keep us here

in the miracle of self.


and gently


helping us to notice

just how amazing it all is

our life

our breath

and the appreciation

of this instant


to begin.


and listen


your own


ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: FREE ART GIFTS,suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website:

Ray Lamontagne ~MUSIC

Lucian Freud in His Studio

Lucian Freud in His Studio
Lucian Freud in His Studio

Girl With a White Dog by Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud most often used friends and acquaintances for his models. He wanted to capture genuine characteristics, real & natural. He would use the same people for different paintings, as he got to know them better.

Lucian's "Girl with A White Dog," is a much-acclaimed painting, painted during 1951-1952. The girl was his first wife Kathleen (Kitty) Garman.

' sculpture of my father, Lucian, helped me cope with his death' Jane McAdam Freud

Jane McAdam Freud

Jane McAdam Freud
Jane McAdam Freud

Lucian Freud's sculptor daughter, Jane McAdam Freud, has made a gigantic earthstone triptych sculpture of her late father's head, to help "keep him alive". Made in terracotta and measuring 3ft x 3ft x 1ft, the giant relief only came out of the kiln last week. "I can't put in words how it helped me with the grieving process," she says. "I was keeping him alive in a metaphorical sense – he was there the whole time I was making it." Lucian Freud My Father, Freud Museum, London NW3 (

Jane McAdam Freud's Sculpture of Her Father

Jane McAdam Freud's Sculpture of Her Father
Jane McAdam Freud's Sculpture of Her Father

As McAdam Freud drew in the eyes, nose and mouth and started modelling the nostrils on her dad's face – this three-dimensional relief that works in a round – helped her to come to terms with his imminent death.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Always nice to learn about another artist - both Freud and you Kathy. Best to you.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      I think his self-portrait is incredible. Thank you once again for enlightening me about yet another great artist. Take good care, Rose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think you may have started a passion in me. He may now be a true favourite. The depth of his work is amazing. Thank you

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Lucian Freud is definitely great artist and you made another beautiful lens with loads of interesting information. Thumbs up!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      his self portraits are amazing. thanks for introducing this great artist.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      22, 11 88 I like that

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      I have never heard of this person. Thanks for introducing me to his work.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Excellent tribute to an unique artist. I love his style. I have seen quite a few of his paintings and they are immediately recognisable. I am also a big fan of his estranged brother Sir Clement Freud: one of Britain's first "celebrity chefs", children's author, nightclub proprietor, sports journalist, award-winning food and drink writer, politician (Liberal Member of Parliament), highbrow BBC Radio comedian and witty raconteur. What an amazing family.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      coming back to share some squidangel *blessings*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kathy, you have a gift for presenting the art of others with their hearts exposed and this is another rich experience in learning about Lucian Freud as a man and an artist. I love hyour comment about if a painting is only worthy of a blessing if it matches your couch. Have to add some angel dust here!

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      here's 5more neighbor

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Hmmm, that is one interesting picture that really gets you thinking : Girl With a White Dog!!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i heard about him when he was on the news with his painting about queen elizabeth. after that, i did not hear any relevant things about him.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @reasonablerobby: Thanks!

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      A wonderful review of this brilliant artist. With Ray Lamontagne too this is a real treat.

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      ronpass lm 6 years ago

      Kathy - a wonderful portrait of a very private man who stands out as the greatest British realist artist of his time. In many senses, it seems a self-portrait in words and images - your article on creativity is insightful and inspiring. I value the research behind this lens on Lucian Freud, the education it offers and the quiet, respectful way you expose the depth, uniqueness and perception of this great artist. Very aptly, here's some fairy dust and an Angel's Blessing.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Thanks for showing me this. *****

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      Jennie Hennesay 9 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Thanks for introducing me to Lucian Freud. His style is truly unique.

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments!

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      nina_kuriloff 9 years ago

      I adore all of Freud's works of art!