'One of Freud's best works'

January 13 2014

Image of 'One of Freud's best works'

Picture: Telegraph

The above portrait by Lucian Freud, of the late Lady Lambton, is to be sold soon at Sotheby's for up to £3.5m. Here's some slightly OTT comment from the auction house:

Oliver Barker, senior international specialist for contemporary art at Sotheby’s, hailed the painting as “exceptional”, representing “exactly the moment” when Freud adapted a new technique working standing up using coarse hogs’ hair brushes.

He added the one-metre-square painting showed Freud “luxuriating” in his new liberations, focusing on the “joy and freedom” of painting.

“This exceptional painting has everything,” he said. It is one of only a very small number of great Freud paintings that have never before surfaced on the market, and it beautifully captures the form of the woman who was to play such a central role in Freud’s life for over two decades.

“It also marks a moment of cataclysmic change in Freud’s artistic style and practice and sees him embark on a new way of painting which was to define his career."

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