September 25, 2023


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London Night Sale on 28 February 2023- Lucian Freud

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 Two uncommon and beautiful Lucian Freud work that hint the artist’s enduring fascination with the pure world all through his distinguished profession will spotlight Christie’s 20th / 21st Century: London Night Sale on 28 February 2023. Unseen in public since 1974, Scillonian Beachscape (1945-46, estimate: £3,500,000-5,500,000), is an early portray by the artist, and one in every of a handful of works impressed by a formative go to to the Isles of Scilly, accompanied by his shut pal, the artist John Craxton. Throughout the journey, Freud created plenty of drawings and accomplished this canvas when he returned to London. Unusually for the artist, the composition of Scillonian Beachscape is straight based mostly on one in every of his location drawings, Untitled (which was bought by Christie’s in October 2022). Scillonian Beachscape is offered alongside Backyard from the Window (2002, estimate: £2,500,000-3,500,000), which involves public sale for the primary time. Each work are supplied from the identical non-public assortment, and had been previously within the famend assortment of Simon Sainsbury.

Tessa Lord, Appearing Head of Division, Put up-Conflict and Up to date Artwork, Christie’s London: “Lucian Freud, revered as one of many best painters of the 20th century, frequently returned to the pure world as a supply of wealthy inspiration all through his profession. This lifelong fascination is completely encapsulated in these two beautiful work which supply viewers perception into each his early and late life. The importance of the pure world to Freud is at present being explored in an exhibition at London’s Backyard Museum. Every beforehand within the prestigious assortment of the British philanthropist and businessman Simon Sainsbury, these two outstanding works will spotlight our upcoming 20th / 21st Century: London Night Sale. We anticipate them to resonate with our worldwide collector base, notably in mild of London’s Nationwide Gallery’s latest centenary retrospective “Lucian Freud: New Views” which is able to open at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo Nacional, Madrid in February.

Scillonian Beachscape
 presents a dreamlike coastal scene in lush, sun-drenched color. Captured within the crisp element that defines Freud’s work of this era, a tall sea-holly dominates the foreground, unfurling sharp, scalloped leaves. To the left, a puffin perches on a spherical, completely pitted pebble. With their exactly modelled shadows, the objects distinction with the backdrop’s stylised, near-abstract fields of color: they stand on a golden seashore, which supplies solution to bands of blue and turquoise sea, and a distant strip of cyan sky. Two darkish islets slice by the water like fins. Freud’s early apply was outlined by plant and animal topics earlier than he shifted his focus to portraiture. Scillonian Beachscape can be distinguished by its outstanding scale. At half a metre in peak and three-quarters of a metre throughout, it stands alongside main early works together with Boy with a Feather (1943), The Painter’s Room (1945) and Useless Heron (1945), as one of many very largest work Freud had made by this date.

An beautiful portrait of nature painted on the peak of Freud’s powers, Backyard from the Window presents a uncommon glimpse of life past the artist’s studio partitions. With distinctive element, the artist captures the dappled play of sunshine throughout the buddleia on the centre of his backyard. Cropped to near-abstraction, leaves and petals are rendered with the identical exacting textures that Freud utilized to human flesh, their types entangled like limbs. Painted in 2002, and unveiled at Tate Britain, London two years later, the canvas belongs to a sequence of works depicting the artist’s backyard at 138 Kensington Church Road. The wild, overgrown plot turned a fantastic supply of inspiration to him over the past 20 years of his life. Extra keenly conscious than ever earlier than of time’s inevitable passage, Freud set about capturing the miraculous flux of sunshine and life exterior his window.

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