In 1952, Lucian Freud painted a portrait of his fellow artist and friend, John Minton. Minton was known for teaching traditional anatomical drawing and figure painting. The portrait showcases both the raw technical brilliance and emotional acuity that are characteristic of Freud’s mature style.
It’s worth noting that five years after this portrait was painted, Minton tragically committed suicide. Despite struggling with depression, he left behind a lasting legacy as an artist and teacher.
Today, thanks to independent publisher HENI and the Lucian Freud Archive, a full-size reproduction of the portrait is available in an edition of 500 digital prints. This allows art lovers to appreciate Freud’s masterful use of brushstrokes and color in capturing the essence of his dear friend John Minton.