On Sitting For A Portrait By Lucian Freud, Written By Martin Gayford
The reason I bought a brindle whippet 5 years ago was simply because Lucian Freud kept whippets. He had a brindle whippet called Pluto which appeared in several of his paintings, drawings and etchings. Whippets aren't really dogs, they seem a lot more feline, they are aloof elongated creatures which make good companions for quite aloof people.
Lucian loved animals and often treated his human sister as if they were animals. As a private person who rarely gave interviews and avoided the press, I found Martin Gayford's a book an immensely intimate view into Lucian Freud's world.
The book tells the story of what it is like to sit for a painting by Lucian Freud. A very private artists this is almost a fly on the wall experience into Lucian's life over the year or so it took to paint the portrait.
The book recounts conversations, his biography, Freud's thoughts and everyday conversation. He tells the story of how meticulous Lucian Freud is as a painter and how patient you have to be as his sitter. The book made me feel as if I was right there in his studio listening and experiencing him creating this painting.
It's such a beautiful and interesting book into LF thoughts and technique, the way he works and how he lives his life.
A brilliant read.
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What it is like sitting for a portrait of Lucian Freud
This is a horse portrait painting which was created originally as a piece for my series based on a horse in Austrias in Northern Spain.
Just got featured in Equestrian Stylist at an equestrian artist with this wonderful paining.
This is a recent horse portrait commision. The owner of the racehorse Two For Two commissioned me to paint the winning racehorse crossing the finish line.
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You can imagine how excited I was when this lovely commission came in. It was to paint a beautiful Arabian horse, oil on canvas.
This was such a lovely job to do. Obviously, as I am a whippet owner myself I am hugely biased to whippets being the most beautiful dog and I am always excited when I get one to draw.
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