Influencers: Lucian Freud, British Artist
By Gemma Riberti

In honor of the great British Painter, Lucian Freud, we share pieces of work that have become seminal to his burgeoning career; and great influence to art, design and fashion.

Jul 22, 2011


Last night the sad news came to light that Lucien Freud had passed away at age 88.   In honor of this influential, and at times controversial, great British painter we wanted to share a few pieces of work from his seminal career; and been of great influence to art, design, literature, science and fashion as a whole.

Born in Berlin, Freud was the son of an architect and as a teen attended the Central School of Art in London, and later London Goldsmiths College first focusing solely on drawing, before turning to paint; the medium his name became so synonymous with.

Increasingly sought after, his career spanned over 50 years and he became most prolific for his nude portraiture and figurative work, thick use of paint and dramatic brush stroke.   The study above Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, of  one of his many muses Fat Sue (Sue Tilley) sold in 2008 for  £20.6m, a world record sale for a piece by a living artist.

Among many high profile people, The Queen and a pregnant Kate Moss were lucky enough to have sat for the artist.

As a regular exhibitor at the Tate in London, director Nicholas Serota commemorated the artist, perfectly summarizing his impact on the art world.

“The vitality of his nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late twentieth century art.  His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

A great painter, and a great character.  He will be missed. – Samantha Fox


Influencers: Lucian Freud, British Artist

Please enter a valid name
Please enter a valid name
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter a valid website
Please enter a valid website
Add a comment...
Please enter a valid comment

Subscribe to WGSN

Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.

Related stories

40 min
The one where Ikea hosted a fashion show

Ariane Prin
Beautiful waste: The incredible work of recycling genius Ariane Prin

Cersaie Collage
9 photos
Cersaie 2015: Five brands spearheading the "warm & textured" trend

The Curated Cool: 29Rooms by Refinery 29

London Design Festival 2015
1 min
London Design Festival 2015: Three big ideas for the future of design