The Painter's Garden

Lucian Freud

Shortly after Freud's homage to Chardin was complete, which had involved months of sitting in a grand, but windowless, hall of the National Gallery at night, the artist, in predictable fashion, decided to spend months gazing into the daylight and duly returned to paint his garden. He embarked upon the second and final large scale etching of the subject, which had its origins in the small, rare work of 1993, Landscape. It is entirely possible that in The Painter’s Garden Freud reaches the peak of his ambition, patience and attainment in taming the medium in this monumental, unbelievably complex rendering. The huge plate is incised, scored and marked to the very edges with an array of gestures that manages to retain extraordinary depth and detail despite the furious formation of intertwining, twisting, weaving lines that covers every small part of the image.

Artist
Lucian Freud (1922-2011)
Title
The Painter's Garden
Medium
Etching
Date
2003-4
Sheet
77.0 x 100.0 cm (Somerset White paper): 30 5/16 x 39 3/8 in.
Plate
87.7 x 64.5 cm: 34 1/2 x 25 3/8 in.
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
Literature
Figura 99
Reference
R0008
Status
Sold

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