Who’s Afraid of Lucien Freud?

October 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

Girl in a Blanket, painted in 1952

Girl in a Blanket, 1952, oil on canvas

If you browse through Lucien Freud’s early works being shown at Hazlitt Holland-Hibber Gallery until December 12, you can be delightfully surprised by some very delicate and sensitive portraits. The word “disturbing” never comes to mind.  Girl in a Blanket is a portrait of Henrietta Moraes, Freud’s lover (Francis Bacon also painted Henrietta in the same period.) You can’t imagine her destroying the painting because she didn’t like how her chin looked – like happened last August in London with another one of his models.

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