Curated by Jennifer Farrell
In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human form expanded and challenged ideas of what realist art, in particular portraiture, could be. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud was perhaps best known for his work with oil paint, a material few artists in the postwar period engaged. Yet this exhibition will show that Freud also produced an important body of prints, thus showing the critical place printmaking—etching in particular—held for him throughout his career. In addition to highlighting Freud’s achievements in printmaking, the exhibition will also examine the artist’s powerful and detailed depictions of the human form and the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre.