Blond girl on a bed (1987) by Lucian Freud

Blond girl on a bed - Lucian Freud - 1987

Artwork Information

TitleBlond girl on a bed
ArtistLucian Freud
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions41 x 51 cm
Art MovementExpressionism

About Blond girl on a bed

The artwork titled “Blond girl on a bed” is an expressionist creation by the artist Lucian Freud from the year 1987. This oil on canvas painting falls within the genre of nude painting and measures 41 by 51 centimeters. Characteristic of Freud’s approach, the artwork exhibits tactile brushwork and a penetrating observation of the human form.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with an unembellished representation of a reclining female figure. The subject is depicted lying on her side atop a patterned bedspread, with her head resting gently on her hand. Her body is conveyed with palpable weight and a sense of the corporeal reality, often associated with Freud’s distinctive style. The use of thick, impasto brushstrokes renders the flesh and textures with a depth and solidity that invite contemplation, while her direct gaze engages the onlooker, adding a poignant, introspective quality to the piece. The colors are earthy, with hues of ochre, cream, and pink dominating alongside the cooler tones of the surrounding environment, emphasizing the warmth and vulnerability of the human figure. This work is emblematic of Freud’s daring in capturing the essence of his subjects with unflinching, stark realism that defies conventional notions of beauty, challenging viewers to confront the intimate and raw nature of the human form.

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