I had heard of Lucian Freud and recently viewed his portrait painting of Amy Winehouse at the National Portrait Gallery when researching Assignment 4. Firstly I was drawn to the close up painting of performance artist and club promoter Leigh Bowery’s head 1991. In the painting the head resting on his shoulder, (similarly to my drawing of the reclining male) this painting is exquisite and very sensual pleasing. The marks of the paint make me never want to stop look at the image. Again like John Coplans the image isn’t of an obviously beautiful body but an aging man. The representation of age again has been handled beautifully. In a sketch book I instantly wanted to draw the image. Here is a link to the image: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/freud-leigh-bowery-t06834
A5 interpretation in 4B Graphite of Lucian Freuds Leigh Bowery 1991.
Lucian Freuds drawings take on a quality of depth, tone again with exquisite pencil marks and interesting use of line which I love. Again fascinating to analyse although I prefer the painterly marks in his paintings.
Fig 1 Lucian Freud Large Head 1993 Etching on paper
Looking at drawings such as Large Head 1993 and Head of Woman 1996 I really love the really thin lines that sit side by side overlap and interconnect. Then the use of larger lines to emphasis certain parts. I really wished I had viewed these images before undertaking assignment 4 – line drawing. The Jumper on Head of Women 1996 is a beautiful representation of directional use of line.
Reading the article in the Guardian ‘Rambrandt and growing old gracefully’: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2012/mar/29/rembrandt-old-age I find it facinating to look at the two artists from different time periods and how they deal with capturing age beautifully within art. This article quotes that “Rembrandt realished the effects of time” (Jones 2012) and that he “painted old age with a nobility and power that no other artist has ever approached”(Jones 2012).
“Rembandt is, above all, interested in the inner self, the mystery behind someone’s eyes, and the distractions of youthful glamour just get in the way of that pursuit” (Jones 2012) I find this particularly intresting relating this to my reclining man pose. Although I love my sketches from a developmental point of view I hadnt done enough sketches to gather information about the age of the persons skin, hair texture, although I captured a sense of the person, age and situation. This is something I would like to explore further later on as I move into Practise of Painting. Capturing the inner self.
Fig 1 Lucian Freud Large Head 1993 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/freud-large-head-p20141 (accessed 2/9/2017).
Jones J (2012) Rambrandt and growing old gracefully Guardian Online At: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2012/mar/29/rembrandt-old-age (accessed 2/9/2017).