Lucian Freud

Two Men

About this artwork

Freud began this painting while working on a full-length double portrait of the same two men in which the naked figure is standing. He became so absorbed in this work that he temporarily put aside the larger painting. As in many of Freud's paintings, the scene at first seems peaceful but is fraught with underlying tension. The pose of the clothed man who gently rests his hand on the other's calf looks casual, yet is slightly provocative.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Lucian FreudBritish (1922 - 2011)
  • title:
    Two Men
  • date created:
    1987 - 1988
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    106.70 x 75.00 cm; Framed: 121.80 x 90.40 x 9.70 cm / 23.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1988
  • accession number:
    GMA 3410
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud