British artist Lucian Freud is widely considered the most important figurative painter working today. Master portraitist and specialist in nudes, Freud uses impasto to create depth and intensity while restraining his color palate to mostly muted hues. His portraits may be physically unflattering to their subjects, but they are honest, frank, and unapologetic. I paint people, Freud has said, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.

Lucian Freud 2009, Taschen

ISBN-13: 9783836512497

25th Anniversary edition


Lucian Freud 2007, Taschen

ISBN-13: 9783822858059

Trade paperback