Tributes for 'unique' artist Lucian Freud

Friday July 22, 2011

Lucian Freud passed away in London on Thursday.

Often considered one of the 20th century's most influential painters, he was the grandson of Sigmund Freud.

And he certainly lived up to the family name. In his 50-year career, the maestro created countless masterpieces in several mediums.

His realist depictions often fetched as much as £17 million pounds.

William Acquavella, an art dealer who often worked with him, said: "He lived to paint and painted until the day he died, far removed from the noise of the art world."

Although originally from Berlin, the Freud family were forced to flee to Britain where Lucian stayed for the rest of his life.

The artist attended several art schools in London, served in the navy and was inducted as a member of the Order of Merit for his work. 

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate in London, was also among those paying tribute to him.

He said: "The vitality of his nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late 20th century art"

Photo: © Rex

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