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Lucian Freud: The End of an Era / Art

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For some Lucian Freud was a one-trick pony. For some he was one of the finest British artists of the post-war era, on a par with Henry Moore and Francis Bacon. It was not just his skill as a painter that marked out Lucian Freud, but his surprisingly unfashionable focus on the human form.

Freud stubbornly refused to follow the trends of that world, insisting on using his realist approach even when it was out of favour with critics and collectors. He developed his own unique style, eventually winning recognition as one of the world's greatest painters.

'He certainly is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th and 21st Centuries,' said Brett Gorvy, deputy chairman of the postwar art department at Christie's auction house in New York.

'He stayed with his figurative approach even when it was extremely unpopular, when abstraction was the leading concept, and as time moved on his classic approach has proven to be very important. He fought the system and basically won.'

He said Freud remained totally dedicated to his work, overcoming all obstacles and painting long hours every day well into his late 80s in a sustained bid to complete his life's work before death overtook him.

The death of Freud marks the end of an era: not just the death of a great artist, who had an extraordinary career in the single-minded pursuit of the observation of human form; but the death of the idea that it was felt to be perfectly natural for an artist to concentrate...


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22 сентября 2011
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