An image of After Chardin

Lucian Freud

(Germany, England 08 Dec 1922 – 20 Jul 2011)

After Chardin

Location
Not on display
Further information

This etching is based on an oil painting by Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin entitled 'The young schoolmistress' c.1735-6.

Freud selected this work by Chardin after he had been invited by the National Gallery London to respond to a painting in the permanent collection with the resulting work to be included, together with that of 23 other contemporary artists, in the exhibition, 'Encounters: New Art from Old' at the National Gallery London in 2000.

Freud was inspired to make two painted versions and one etched interpretation of Chardin. The etching (like the painted versions) and their 18th-century prototype shows the tender relationship between a child and his young schoolmistress, studying sheets of paper on a bureau top, though Freud has omitted the needle-like pointer from the schoolmistress's hand. Freud also draws attention to the girl's ear. He believes that Chardin painted here the most beautiful ear in art.

Year
2000
Media
Print
Medium
etching on Somerset textured white paper
Dimensions
59.7 x 73.0 cm platemark; 78.0 x 96.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "L.F.". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Margaret Olley 2000
Accession number
555.2000
Copyright
© Estate of Lucian Freud/Bridgeman Art Library