Lucian Freud art news, paintings and exhibition reviews of the famous British portrait painter.

10 Famous Artists that Died

Dead artists

Since abandoning Art News Blog back in 2010 there have been a lot of great artists pass away. The two giants of paint, Lucian Freud and Cy Twombly were the biggest trees to fall. Here’s my little list of ten dead artists.Continue Reading

And, umm.. Lucian Freud Interview

Easily the best living painter in the world.. in my humble opinion.

Before seeing or hearing Lucian Freud speak I thought he might be a more forceful person. I figured that the man would have been much less delicate than he is in person as his paintings are so strong and self assured.Continue Reading

More on Lucian Freud’s Big Sue Painting

The Freakonomics Blog has interviewed the arts writer Olav Velthuis and the University of Chicago professor David Galenson about the price paid for Lucian Freud’s “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping“. I found it interesting that the $33.6 million paid for the painting would keep the United States in gasoline for 20 minutes.Continue Reading

Most Expensive Living Artist – Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud has become the most expensive living artist at auction with his “Big Sue” painting. The large naked woman painted on a couch is called “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping” and sold for $33.6m or £17.2m at Christies last week. The sitter is Sue Tilley and she sat for Freud over a four year period.Continue Reading

Lucian Freud the Great

I think it’s safe to say that Lucian Freud is the greatest living painter of the figure. Even his bad paintings are better than the best work of most other artists.

If you don’t think Freud is the greatest, you may still find the way he works fascinating.

He recently finished painting the 26 year old art handler for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ria Kirby. It took 16 months of sitting for the artist, 7 nights a week, for 5 hours each night, and the sitter only had 4 nights off during that time. That’s more than 2,400 hours of sitting, or in this case lying down.Continue Reading

Lucien Freud Number One in Britain

The Great Art Fair in London has done a poll to find out the favorite artist of artists at the event. Lucien Freud has topped the list, with Leonardo nowhere to be seen in the top ten.

Other notable artists that never made the grade were contemporary artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. They seem to get the vote of the media with anything they do deemed newsworthy, but artists at the Great Art Fair didn’t feel the same way about Hir-min.Continue Reading

Lucien Freud’s Kate Moss

An unusual portrait for Lucien Freud of supermodel Kate Moss, estimated to be sold for £2,500,000-3,500,000 / $4,500,000-6,500,000 at a Christies auction has sold for 3.93 million pounds ($7.32 million).

His models are usually everyday people, with the exception of once painting the queen of England. His models are not models, but people he is familiar with, in surroundings that he is familiar with.Continue Reading

Lucian Freud’s Kate Moss Painting

Lucian Freud is arguably the greatest living painter of the human figure. His works command prices that reflect his respect in the art world and his painting of model Kate Moss will soon be up for auction.Continue Reading

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping Painting

big sue painting by lucian freud

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping by famous British artist Lucian Freud. Painted in 1995.
Also called Big Sue
151 x 219 cm or 59 x 86 inches
Oil on canvas
Bought by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for $33,641,000 in 2008.Continue Reading