Girl in a dark dress (1951) by Lucian Freud

Girl in a dark dress - Lucian Freud - 1951

Artwork Information

TitleGirl in a dark dress
ArtistLucian Freud
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions30.5 x 40.6 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Girl in a dark dress

The artwork “Girl in a dark dress” is a notable work by artist Lucian Freud, completed in 1951. This oil on canvas portrait measures 30.5 x 40.6 cm and is exhibited within the realm of expressionism, a movement known for its emphasis on subjective emotional experience. Presently, the painting resides in a private collection, allowing for limited public viewing.

An intimate portrayal, the artwork captures a somber and reflective mood. The subject, a female figure with an intense gaze, is depicted with detailed attention to the contours and shadows of the face, an approach that is characteristic of Freud’s style. The girl’s dark dress serves as a stark contrast to her pale skin, while the simplicity of the composition emphasizes the expressive nature of the subject’s visage. The employment of impassioned brushwork and a restrained palette serves to convey the psychological depth and emotional complexity inherent to the subject. Overall, the painting is a profound study of the human condition, offering a glimpse into the internal landscape of the individual portrayed.

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