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On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings, Room 90, The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery

Reclining Figure

Print
1994 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is one of a group of 143 state, trial and cancellation proofs of etchings by Lucian Freud (1922-2011) which came from the collection of Marc Balakjian (1938-2017) of Studio Prints. Balakjian was Freud’s printer from 1985 and worked closely with him on the production of his etchings.

This print went through two states before Freud was happy to publish the third. repeated alterations were made to the head and face and part of the shoulder. The V&A has nine trial proofs, some with chalk markings added by Freud, plus one cancellation proof.

The sitter is Leight Bowery, and the composition is based on a detail of the painting 'Leigh on a Green Sofa' (1993; private collection).

Object details

Category
Object type
TitleReclining Figure (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Lucian Freud: Trial proof of Reclining Figure, 1994. Etching an drypoint. Printed by Marc Balakjian.
Physical description
Naked figure of a man with head resting on his arms.
Dimensions
  • Plate height: 17cm
  • Plate width: 23.7cm
Marks and inscriptions
10D 1st state worked on by the artist (in pencil; by Marc Balakjian)
Credit line
Accepted in lieu of inheritance tax by HM Government in 2019 from the collection of Marc Balakjian and allocated to the V&A
Summary
This is one of a group of 143 state, trial and cancellation proofs of etchings by Lucian Freud (1922-2011) which came from the collection of Marc Balakjian (1938-2017) of Studio Prints. Balakjian was Freud’s printer from 1985 and worked closely with him on the production of his etchings.

This print went through two states before Freud was happy to publish the third. repeated alterations were made to the head and face and part of the shoulder. The V&A has nine trial proofs, some with chalk markings added by Freud, plus one cancellation proof.

The sitter is Leight Bowery, and the composition is based on a detail of the painting 'Leigh on a Green Sofa' (1993; private collection).
Collection
Accession number
E.352-2020

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Record createdFebruary 17, 2020
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