Girl with a white dog (1951-1952) by Lucian Freud

Girl with a white dog - Lucian Freud - c.1951 - c.1952

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with a white dog
ArtistLucian Freud
Datec.1951 - c.1952
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions76.2 x 101.6 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationTate Modern, London, UK

About Girl with a white dog

“Girl with a white dog” is an artwork by Lucian Freud, created approximately between 1951 and 1952. The painting, an exemplar of Expressionism, is rendered in oil on canvas, measuring 76.2 x 101.6 cm. It can be categorized under the genre of nude painting and is housed at Tate Modern in London, UK.

The artwork depicts a young woman seated on a couch, partially draped in a vibrant yellow robe that contrasts with the muted tones of her surroundings. She gazes directly at the viewer with an expression that is both penetrating and reflective. Her right hand delicately touches her chest, while her left hand rests lightly on the back of a reclining white dog, which seems tranquil and at ease, rendered with a cool tonality that echoes the woman’s fair complexion. The dog’s presence adds an intimate, domestic quality to the scene.

The setting is understated, with the woman positioned against a backdrop of a plain wall and heavy, draped curtains. The contrast between the fine textures of the fabric and the woman’s skin is meticulously detailed, suggestive of Freud’s fascination with the tactile quality of flesh and textiles. The painting invites contemplation on the nature of human and animal companionship, the subtleties of mood and emotion, and Freud’s masterful depiction of texture.

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