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The sitter for this early portrait by Lucian Freud is his first wife, Kitty, whom he married in 1947. Kitty was used to sitting patiently for her portrait, since she was the eldest daughter of Kathleen Garman and Jacob Epstein. Several portraits of her by her father are represented in the Garman-Ryan Collection. She possessed the wide-eyed, almost feline features which captivated the artist at the time, and became his frequent model.
oil on board
H 35 x W 24 cm
gift from Kathleen Epstein, 1973
signed Lucian Freud 1948-1949