Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings – MoMA
Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings
December 16, 2007–March 10, 2008
One of the foremost figurative artists working today, Lucian Freud (British, born Germany 1922) has redefined portraiture and the nude through his unblinking scrutiny of the human form. Although best known as a painter, etching has become integral to his practice. This exhibition presents the full scope of Freud’s achievements in etching, including some seventy-five examples ranging from rare, early experiments in the 1940s to the increasingly large and complex compositions created since his rediscovery of the medium in the early 1980s. In a dramatic and unusual cross-media installation, it also includes a selection of related paintings and drawings, illuminating the crucial, cross-pollinating relationship between Freud’s etchings and paintings. Freud is not a traditional printmaker. He treats the etching plate like a canvas, standing the copper upright on an easel. He typically depicts the same sitters in etching as in painting, always working directly from his models and demarcating their forms through meticulous networks of finely etched lines. But with their figures dramatically cropped or isolated against empty backgrounds, Freud’s etchings achieve a startling new sense of psychological tension and formal abstraction.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
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