A Look at Lucian Freud’s Etchings with David Dawson


Get a rare glimpse inside the studio of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century as Lucian Freud’s former assistant David Dawson explains how the artist returned to etching later in life. Now the director of the Lucian Freud Archive, Dawson reveals how Freud’s late portrait etchings capture the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of his sitters, including his daughter Bella, his stepson Kai and his mother Lucie Freud. Beyond his family, Freud conveyed the humanity of other subjects close to him, including his lawyer Lord Goodman, his art dealer William Acquavella and his muse ‘Big Sue’ Tilley. Working with master printer Marc Balakjian, Freud created a series of remarkable works that show his mastery of the medium. Ten of these portrait etchings, from the Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, are highlights of our upcoming sale Made in Britain(10 September | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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