Head & Shoulders

by Lucian Freud

£POA

Size: 30cm W x 25cm H

Head and Shoulders of 1982 was Freud’s first etched portrait since 1947 of any considerable size, much bigger than its immediate forerunners which were either fragments, or small in scale due to their creation as inserts for Lawrence Gowing’s book. The work is particularly notable, aside from its beauty, as it is the first print for which Freud deliberately reduced the plate size in order to crop the picture at the top of the model’s head, a device he was to use again in later works to great effect. The cropping was suggested by Freud’s friend, the artist Frank Auerbach, who had looked at Freud’s etchings to date and had admired what had until that time been an occasional, even accidental, device in Freud’s construction of the picture plane. Early proofs of this work were taller by almost 5cms. The work is also the last to exhibit a particular manner of shading around the edge of a contour which recalls his technique from almost 40 years earlier and which is never seen again.

The artist tended to depict friends and neighbours in his home or studio, that is people he was comfortable with in a place he was comfortable with. This 1982 etching depicts a rather buxom woman with long, uncombed hair framing her head who appears to be sitting on a mattress without sheets, the stitching of which at left resembles waves in the ocean.
  • Framing
  • Returns
  • Delivery
  • Payment
  • Contact
  • Our Guarantee
Framing
  • Most items do come framed within the price provided. All items can be framed on request.
  • Framed sizes may differ from the image sizes provided if not otherwise specified.
  • Images can be provided of the piece in situ or in it's currently framed state.
  • Please get in touch to discuss framing or to confirm existing framed size and appearance.
Returns
  • Sometimes things don’t work out, and that’s OK.
  • If you are a consumer based in the UK/European Union, you can return an item until 14 days after you have received the Goods and receive a full refund.
  • Unfortunately the right to refund does not apply to items that are personalised, bespoke or made-to-order to your specific requirements.
  • Please get in touch to discuss any arrangements for return.
Delivery
  • Delivery costs are determined by the gallery, who is responsible for packing, insuring, and dispatching the work.
  • The costs and delivery schedule will be confirmed by the gallery after enquiry.
  • UK delivery may be complimentary but ArtsHaus galleries also deliver artwork worldwide using specialist carriers.
  • Artwork is also available for pickup in person free of charge and in some cases the gallery can arrange home viewings.
Payment
  • Once you have submitted a request to buy, the gallery will be in touch to confirm the availability and cost of delivery if applicable.
  • Once you’re happy to proceed payments are then made directly to the gallery through credit card, debit card, PayPal or bank transfer as per their instruction.
  • Payments are secured and we take fraud extremely seriously.
  • If you’d like to pay in instalments, please discuss this with the gallery directly – many offer finance schemes which will allow you to split the cost over a period of months at 0% APR.
Contact
  • If you have any questions at all you can always contact us at info@artshaus.co.uk
  • Alternatively you can talk to a specialist over the phone at 0203 488 1011
  • We’ll be happy to discuss any aspect of returns, framing, delivery etc. or provide helpful guidance with your search
Our Guarantee
  • Only quality artwork from established, trusted galleries and dealers.
  • Fair prices set by experts in the field.
  • Flexibility - with artwork we know it’s hard to just ‘add to basket’ – so if you’re interested in a piece, feel free to ask questions, get more information or arrange a viewing.


Artist Biography

Lucian Freud was born on 8 December 1922 in Berlin, Germany, the family emigrated to St John's Wood, London, in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. Lucian became a British subject in 1939. He is renowned for his unflinching observations of anatomy and psychology, made even the beautiful people (including Kate Moss) look ugly. One of the late twentieth-century's most celebrated portraitists, Freud painted only those closest to him: friends and family, wives and mistresses, and, last but not least, himself. His insightful series of self-portraits spanned over six decades. Unusual among artists with such long careers, his style remained remarkably consistent. Perhaps inevitably, the psychic intensity of his portraits, and his notoriously long sessions with sitters have been compared with the psychoanalytic practice of his famous grandfather, Sigmund Freud. Lucian Frued died in London on 20th July 2011.

In 2012, Freud was among the British cultural icons selected by pop artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of the last six decades.

In 2008, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping (1995), a portrait of civil servant Sue Tilley, sold for $33.6 million – the highest price ever at the time for a work by a living artist. At a Christie's New York auction in 2015, the same work sold for $56.2 million.
On 13 October 2011, his 1952 Boy's Head, a small portrait of Charlie Lumley, his neighbour, reached $4,998,088 at Sotheby's London contemporary art evening auction, making it one of the highlights of the 2011 auction autumn season.

Key Information

Newsletter

Be the first to find out about new collections, exhibitions and artwork. Get exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.