Lucian Freud: Etchings
25 June - 25 September 2004
This exhibition will provide the opportunity to see almost all of Lucian Freud’s published etchings displayed together for the first time in England, including rare early prints and several new works from the artists’ studio. The display at Abbot Hall will include approximately sixty works in total, covering a variety of subjects from portraits and nudes to studies of nature and plants. There will also be responses to the work of other artists, such as his recent etching After Constable’s Elm (2003).
Although he is more generally known for his paintings, Freud’s etchings have tremendous expressive power and vitality. He started using the medium of etching in the late 1940s and the body of work he has produced over the last fifty years shows Freud to be one of the finest etchers of recent times.
The exhibition has been organised by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and Marlborough Graphics, London, in association with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. There is an accompanying illustrated catalogue with text by Craig Hartley.