Eli

Lucian Freud

Of the three etchings of dogs completed by Lucian Freud, Eli is the largest in scale and is considered one of the artist's masterpieces in print. Eli has rarely been offered for sale at auction, only three times in fact. Most notably a proof from the Marc Balakjian collection was offered by Christie's in London in 2012: it sold for £145,250 ($228,201), which remains the auction record for any etching by the artist. When Freud died in 2011 he was at work on a painting of Eli, called Portrait of the Hound

Freud's portraits of dogs, the others being of his own whippet, Pluto (1988) and Pluto, aged Twelve (2000), are amongst Freud's most tender renderings, the artist's hand entirely obeying his eye's intent to transfer his full affection for the animals to paper.

Artist
Lucian Freud (1922-2011)
Title
Eli
Medium
Etching
Date
2002
Sheet
30 ½ x 37 ¾ in : 77.5 x 96.0 cm (Somerset Textured White paper)
Plate
28 ½ x 33 ⅝ in : 72.5 x 85.3 cm
Edition
From the edition of 46, signed and numbered by the artist
Printer
Marc Balakjian at Studio Prints, London
Publisher
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Exhibited
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16 Dec 2007-10 Mar 2008 (another impression exhibited and illustrated p.123); New York, Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., Lucian Freud: Recent Paintings and Etchings, 28 April - 27 May 2004 (another impression exhibited and illustrated pl.7)
Literature
Feaver 79 & 330; Figura 93; Hartley (NGS/Fitzwilliam) 58; Smee 67
Reference
C15-51
Status
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