Media: Oils on canvas
Lucian Freud died yesterday. He was a great artist in the true sense of the term and his work will be rationally valued and appreciated for centuries to come. From an aesthetic point of view his work powerfully embodies his metaphysical assessment of man and of reality in the form of concretes with extreme clarity. Artists and audiences of any stripe can learn volumes about art and about art-making from his brilliant work and studio practices.
Despite having many children with a huge variety of partners (it is rumored he has fathered as many as 40 children!) Freud's work embodies a vehemently negative, totally unhealthy view of sexuality and of the body. While most art-industry intellectuals hold this view as the proper one for artistic depiction, few people actually have such extremely unhealthy views. Freud obviously practiced what he preached though and he cared nothing for his own sexual being and the consequences of his sexual acts. If Freud had any other profession he would be admonished for his behavior, but because he was an artist, many people believe it is acceptable to let reason lapse.
While no subject in Freud's work is presented as having a remotely attractive body, true to form, he reserved his most severely negative depictions of the body for his self-portraits. These are the Freud paintings with the most ravaged surfaces, the ugliest flesh.
Much more can and will be said about this man. My final word here on him is this: a rational being will consider him to be one of this centuries greatest artists and most unethical men.
Naked Portrait Standing
Below are detail photographs of the above painting taken by me.