In 2009, Louisiana held an extremely well-attended exhibition of paintings by the British artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011). Now, in the Louisiana on Paper series, focus will be on Freud as a graphic artist.
Freud was painter of human figures whose images cut bluntly to the bone in their treatment of men and women as fleshly creatures, and the leap into the graphics may seem strange, since it is painting that can release the physical look of the body most vividly. But Freud is similar in this regard to the painter Edvard Munch, who also was a masterful graphic artist: The flesh may perhaps disappear, but the body remains. And the face in particular gains strength when the color is eliminated and the drawing takes over. Freud’s graphic work is unmistakably Freudian – strong, confrontational, impossible to ignore, as though it was another person who had pushed you into a corner.