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The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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Lucian Freud
1922 - 2011
GIRL HOLDING HER FOOT (HARTLEY 25)
signed with initials and numbered 27/50
etching, a superb impression printing with a rich veil of tone
plate: 68.5 by 53.5cm.; 27 by 21in.
Executed in 1985, the present work is from an edition of 50 with 15 artist's proofs. The work is related to a small oil sketch of the same title which was executed shortly afterward.
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Provenance

Marlborough Graphics Ltd, London, where acquired by the present owner in March 1994

Exhibited

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Lucian Freud: Works on Paper, 3rd May - 12th June 1988, cat. no.88 (another from the same edition), with tour to the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, and The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco;
Rome, Palazzo Ruspoli, The British Council, Lucian Freud: Dipinti e opera su carta 1940-1991, 3rd October - 17th November 1991, cat. no.71 (another from the same edition);
Tochigi, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, The British Council, Lucian Freud, 19th April - 15th June 1992, cat. no.65 (another from the same edition), with tour to Otani Memorial Museum, Nishinomiya, and Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo.;
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16th December 2007 - 10th March 2008, cat. no.34, illustrated p.65 (another from the same edition).

Literature

Craig Hartley, The Etchings of Lucian Freud: A Catalogue Raisonne 1946-1995, Marlborough Graphics, London, 1995, cat. no.25;
Bruce Bernard and Derek Birdsall (editors), Lucian Freud, Jonathan Cape, London, 1996, pl.200 (another from the same edition).

Catalogue Note

'I'm really interested in people as animals.  Part of liking to work from them naked is for that reason.  Because I can see more; and it's also very exciting to see the forms repeating right through the body and often in the head as well.  I like people to look as natural and as physically at ease as animals...' 
Lucian Freud, quoted in S. Figura, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008, p.26.  

 

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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London