Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Art Review - "Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink" by Lucian Freud

Last week, I shared a beautifully rendered painting of a studio sink by realist artist Antonio López García, and so for today's #MuseumTourTuesday I'm featuring a similar subject by British painter Lucian Freud from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. While the former piece was delicately painted, Freud's paint is laid on thick, becoming a character in its own right, feeling no less real than that of his contemporary Garcia.

Freud chooses to add movement to the painting with the running faucets, taking the piece beyond a static still life. He goes on to connect this piece to his more ubiquitous figure paintings through the cropped photograph along the upper edge of the painting, while calling attention to this detail via the title. The artist spent a great deal of time with each of his paintings, and this one is no exception, painted over the course of four years.

Lucian Freud, born in 1922, was the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Lucian became one of the most respected painters of the 20th century, completing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2001. 

"Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink" • Lucian Freud • Oil on Canvas
• 20" × 31" • 1983-1987


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