Girl with a White Dog
Lucian Freud
Girl with a White Dog
Lucian Freud (German-born British, 1922-2011): Girl with a White Dog, 1950-1951. Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm. Tate Modern, London, UK. (On loan to Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria.) Image: © Tate © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"This picture shows the artist’s first wife when she was pregnant. The style of the painting has roots in the smooth and linear portraiture of the great nineteenth-century French neoclassical painter, Ingres. This, together with the particular psychological atmosphere of Freud’s early work, led the critic Herbert Read to make his celebrated remark that Freud was ‘the Ingres of Existentialism’." (© Tate)

"Freud's early paintings, which are mostly very small, are often associated with German Expressionism (an influence he tended to deny) and Surrealism in depicting people, plants and animals in unusual juxtapositions ... From the 1950s, he began to work in portraiture, often nudes (though his first full length nude was not painted until 1966),[15] to the almost complete exclusion of everything else...

[Lucian Freud is] widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time."

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