Recent works, 21 November - 20 December , no. Small Naked Portrait depicts the reclining figure of a woman, stretched out en repos. Strictly economic in his use of colour, areas of warm tones lie next to the near negative space of the white ground, lending the physical form of the sitter a tender depth and volume. The resulting effect is a startlingly truthful representation of the figure bathed in morning light, her bodily weight anchoring our gaze at the centre of the canvas.
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Manhattan's Acquavella Galleries is showing a group of the artist's monumental works that have never been seen together. Sheets April 14, He wanted to know everything about you and how you moved. Dawson modeled for around 10 paintings during the two decades he worked for Freud. Entrusted by the artist to manage his copyrights, Dawson has organized the first exhibition of his work initiated since his death, in at age The works have never previously been shown together.
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Throughout his six decades long career, this artist was rather introvert, and his subjects came from a close circle of friends and family. Although he was influenced by Surrealism during the early stage of his career, in the s he submerged into more realistic depictions. By observing the body closely, Freud examined various psychological states through a prism of the relationship between the artist and model, or the beholder and the exposed subject. By depicting the naked body of a living model, the artist engaged himself in a specific role of a beholder or a listener; interestingly so, such an approach seems to be an extension of the methodology inaugurated by his grandfather Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud once explained:. Being naked has to do with making a more complete portrait, a naked body is somehow more permanent, more factual…. When someone is naked there is in effect nothing to be hidden. Not everyone wants to be that honest about themselves, that means I feel an obligation to be equally honest in how I represent them. It can be extraordinary how much you can learn from someone by looking very carefully at them without judgment. Throughout art history, various artists were exploring various features of the human body; the incarnate or the color of flesh in particular was observed closely and expressed in great detail.
Naked Portrait, Fragment is a work by Lucian Freud. It is not currently on display in IMMA. It is currently out on loan.