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Freud, Lucian (Artist); Smee, Sebastian & Calvocoressi, Richard (Contributors). LUCIAN FREUD ON PAPER. New York City, NY: Rizzoli Publishers, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 265 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective Monograph. One of the most important books on the art of Lucian Freud. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Rizzoli: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Art by Lucian Freud. Text by two world experts on drawing, Sebastian Smee and Richard Calvocoressi. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features Lucian Freud's youthful self-portrait, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Lucian Freud On Paper". His unparalleled achievement as a Master Draftsman who is primarily a painter. "Drawing is fundamental to his development as an artist, and to how he sees. Drawing became an important part of Freud's life from the start and a famous sketchbook, 'The Freud-Schuster Book', has survived dating back to January 1940, when Freud was in Snowdonia with Stephen Spender, as do sketches from Freud's life as a merchant seaman on a cargo vessel in the Atlantic in 1941. His then Surreal style lent itself to illustrations and his fascination with animals, birds, and fish was revealed in the famous line drawings he produced for Nicholas Moore's book of poems, 'The Glass Tower' (1944). Charts Freud's work on paper, including the etchings, over his entire career. Includes the formative early work, the sketches in preparation for painting his masterpiece, 'Large Interior W11 (After Watteau) ' (1983), the sketches of the completed painting in the studio and the astonishing later studies of his mother. Ends with the etchings of recent years. An extraordinary achievement, providing even deeper insights into the work of the greatest figurative artist of our time" (Publisher's blurb). Lucian is the great, over-compensating artist Sigmund, his grandfather, once wanted to be. "I would have thought I did 200 drawings to every painting. I very much prided myself on my drawing" (Lucian Freud). An absolute "must-have" title for Lucian Freud collectors. This title is a contemporary art classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page, color plates. One of the greatest artists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0847832333. $80.00

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