Portrait of Kitty
Lucian Freud - 1948-1949
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The sitter for this early portrait by Lucian Freud is his first wife, Kitty (Kitty Garman, the daughter of sculptor Jacob Epstein.), whom he married in 1947. Kitty was used to sitting patiently for her portrait, since she was the eldest daughter of Kathleen Garman and Jacob Epstein. Several of her portraits by her father are represented in the Garman Ryan Collection. She possessed the wide-eyed, almost feline features which captivated the artist at the time, and became his frequent model. The profile portrait emphasises Freud\'s objective approach to portraiture, in which the sitter is scrutinized by both artist and viewer in a cold light against a characteristically bare background. The detail of hair and surface is typical of the meticulous style of his early portraits, and the peeling paint of the shutters reveals his intention to depict the world with all its imperfections, bereft of symbolism or flattery.
Owner/Location: The New Art Gallery - Walsall  (United Kingdom - Walsall, Greater Birmingham)
Dates: 1948-1949
Artist age:Approximately 27 years old.
Dimensions: Unknown
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member johnno on 07 August 2010.
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