Large Interior, W.9 (1973) by Lucian Freud

Large Interior, W.9 - Lucian Freud - 1973

Artwork Information

TitleLarge Interior, W.9
ArtistLucian Freud
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions91.5 x 91.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate collection
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About Large Interior, W.9

“Large Interior, W.9” is an oil on canvas work by Lucian Freud, dated 1973, encapsulating the essence of Expressionism within its genre painting form. Measuring 91.5 x 91.5 cm, the artwork currently resides in a private collection.

The artwork presents a domestic scene with two figures in a room. To the left, there is a reclining nude figure, stretched out on a striped bed with an arm draped over the forehead in a seemingly languid or contemplative pose. This figure’s gaze does not engage the viewer, instead appearing to be directed off-canvas. On the other side, an older woman is seated in a substantial armchair, dressed in a dark, heavy garment that envelopes her frame. Her posture appears settled and somewhat weary, her hands resting on the chair’s arms, and she gazes off to the side, not engaging with the other person or the viewer.

Freud’s use of thick brushstrokes and textured paint application is evident, bringing a palpable sense of weight and tangibility to the figures and their surroundings. He employs a subdued color palette, dominated by earthy and somber tones that heighten the introspective mood of the scene. The detail in the figures’ complexions and the meticulous rendition of light and shadow contribute to the psychological depth for which Freud’s portraits are renowned.

The composition amid a sparsely furnished room with minimal distractions focuses the attention on the psychological interplay between the characters. The artwork navigates the territory of human relationships and the complexity of emotional states, inviting contemplation on the narrative suggested by the juxtaposition of youth and age, comfort and discomfort, engagement and withdrawal. The presence of everyday objects, like the small heater on the floor, adds to the authenticity of the scene and grounds the figures in a recognizable reality.

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