special display


lucian freud Etchings

22 September 2012 - 13 January 2013


Freud's Blond Girl (detail)


This display celebrates a major new gift to The Courtauld Gallery of nine etchings by Lucian Freud (1922 - 2011).


They have been presented to The Courtauld by Freud's close friend and fellow artist Frank Auerbach.


They are the first works by this master of post-war British art to enter the collection and represent a significant addition to the Gallery’s expanding 20th-century holdings.


The nine prints were gifts from Freud to Auerbach over a period of several years and many are inscribed with dedications.


The display also includes Auerbach's own portrait etching of Freud, generously given to The Courtauld by The Garcia Family Foundation to complement this group of works.

The Freud prints were produced during the 1980s and early 1990s: the period when the artist returned to etching with renewed commitment to the medium after a hiatus of many years.


The works in the gift range from small, intimate head studies, such as that of his daughter, Bella Freud, to large-scale, monumental male and female nudes, including one of the celebrated masterpieces of his printed oeuvre, Blond Girl, 1985 (pictured).


Freud’s etchings have a revered and distinct place as part of his artistic legacy.


He exploited the medium’s unique linear qualities to produce works that offer a visual experience that is strikingly different from either his paintings or drawings.


arrow  Find out more about the Freud etchings from Dr Barnaby Wright, Daniel Katz 20th Curator of 20th Century Art.


Image: Lucian Freud (1922-2011) Blond Girl (detail), 1985, etching, 690 x 542 mm (plate size) The Courtauld Gallery, London: Frank Auerbach Gift, 2012