Vale Lucian Freud…
Realist painter Lucian Freud, one of Britain’s most distinguished and highly regarded artists, has died aged 88.
New York dealer William Acquavella said Freud had died at his London home on Wednesday after an unspecified illness.
Freud, a grandson of the psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud, was born in Berlin in 1922 and fled to Britain with his Jewish family in 1933, when he was 10.
Freud – particularly known for his paintings of nudes – became a British citizen in 1939.
His works have been increasingly sought after at recent auctions and his portrayal of an overweight nude woman sleeping on a couch sold in 2008 for $33.6m (£20.6m) – a world record for a work by a living artist.
by The House of Punjapit