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Naked Girl with Egg

© Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

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On first sight, the egg included in this painting looks back to the wilfully strange Surrealist juxtapositions Lucian Freud was experimenting with forty years earlier. It makes the title sound almost like a menu, with its contents laid out as if for consumption. Their combination, however, puts appetite off its stride, and, despite the frankness of its nudity, this is not an erotic painting. To Peter Conrad, led by Freud's portraits of pregnant women, it is expressive of Freud's interest in the invisible processes masked by female genitalia; it “turns the body inside out and drags the mystery into daylight.

British Council Collection

London


Date

1980–1981

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 75 x W 60.5 cm

Accession number

P4184

Acquisition method

purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1982

Work type

Painting


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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group, 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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