Lucian Freud
Pluto Aged Twelve
2000

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Pluto Aged Twelve is regarded as one of the finest animal portraits of the last century, and a masterpiece of modern printmaking. This is Lucian Freud's second etching of his beloved pet dog, a whippet called Pluto. The hand is reported to have been included after its presence in the composition became part of the story, David Dawson having to stroke the dog constantly to keep it still during the long hours Freud required to draw it. The hand provides symbolism however, especially if one notices the crossed fingers, and also balances the composition.

This work depicts a black and white etching by Freud of his dog lying down, relaxed on the floor with a hand outstretched to stroke or comfort it.

Etching
Sheet:57.2 x 72.4 cm : 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (Somerset Textured White paper)
Plate: 43.2 x 59.7 cm : 17 x 23 1/2 in.
Edition: From the edition of 46, signed and numbered by the artist
Printer: Marc Balakjian at Studio Prints, London
Publisher: Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Exhibited: New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, 16 Dec 2007-10 Mar 2008 (another impression exhibited and illustrated p.121); London, National Portrait Gallery, Lucian Freud: Portraits, 9 Feb-27 May 2012 (another impression exhibited and illustrated p.198)
Literature: Figura 91; Howgate 126; Smee 45; Feaver 303


Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    22.5 in. H x 28.5 in. W
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU37731641353
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