Speaking recently about his early years as an artist Lucian Freud claimed, 'I would have thought I did 200 drawings to every painting in those early days. I very much prided myself on my drawing.' Drawing is fundamental to Freud's development as an artist and to how he sees in a way that that it was not, for example, at the foundation of the work of Francis Bacon. Drawing became an important part of Freud's life from the start and a famous sketchbook, "The Freud-Schuster Book", dating back to January 1940 when Freud was in Snowdonia with Stephen Spender, has survived.So too do sketches from Freud's life as a merchant seaman on a cargo vessel in the Atlantic in 1941. His then surreal style lent itself to illustrations and his fascination with animals, birds and fish was revealed in the famous line drawings he produced for Nicholas Moore's book of poems, "The Glass Tower" (1944). "On Paper" charts the works on paper, including the etchings, over his entire career.
It includes the formative early work, the sketches in preparation for painting his masterpiece, "Large Interior W11" (after Watteau) (1983), the sketches of the completed painting in the studio and the astonishing later studies of his mother. The book ends with the etchings of recent years. The works on paper are an extraordinary achievement, providing even deeper insights into the work of the greatest figurative artist of our time. The introduction is by Sebastian Smee and essay is by Richard Calvocoressi.
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Author Biography - Lucian Freud
Sebastian Smee has written frequently on Freud. His introduction to the artist's recent paintings appears in Lucian Freud 1996-2005 (Jonathan Cape, 2005) and his extended interview with Freud was published in Freud at Work (Jonathan Cape, 2006). Richard Calvocoressi was for many years Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and is now Director of the Henry Moore Foundation.