Reflection with two children (self portrait) (1965) by Lucian Freud

Reflection with two children (self portrait) - Lucian Freud - 1965

Artwork Information

TitleReflection with two children (self portrait)
ArtistLucian Freud
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions91.5 x 91.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
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About Reflection with two children (self portrait)

Lucian Freud’s self-portrait “Reflection with Two Children” was created in 1965 as part of a larger exhibition of his self-portraits. In this painting, Freud studies his own reflection in a mirror placed on the ground in front of him. This unusual point of view allowed Freud to paint the ceiling as though it surrounded him.

The painting features a semiabstract representation of a lamp hovering over Freud as he studies himself closely. As is common in many of his self-portraits, Freud appears with a forced gesture and an intense gaze, indicating the effort involved in painting himself using a mirror.

“Reflection with Two Children” offers a unique perspective on Freud’s self-exploration as an artist. Through the unusual placement of the mirror and the semi-abstract elements in the painting, Freud offers viewers insight into the way he saw himself and the world around him. This artwork serves as a significant contribution to Freud’s exploration of the human form and our connection to ourselves.

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