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Bell in her Pluto T-shirt

Print
1995 (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.

The sitter here is Freud's daughter Bella. The biting and proofing of the first state were done on 6 March 1995.

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read Lucian Freud and etching Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) was one of the most renowned British artists of the 20th century. Though he is best known as a painter he was also a keen printmaker, producing versions of many of the subjects featured in his paintings – portrait heads, nudes, dogs and landscapes. These prints w...

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Object type
TitleBell in her Pluto T-shirt (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Etching on paper
Brief description
Lucian Freud: Trial proof of Bella in her Pluto T-shirt, 1995. Etching. Printed by Marc Balakjian.
Physical description
Young woman wearing a t-shirt and trousers, sitting in a wicker armchair, her elbow on the arm of the chair and her head resting on her left hand.
Dimensions
  • Plate height: 68.5cm
  • Plate width: 59.7cm
  • Sheet height: 88.3cm
  • Sheet width: 72.5cm
Marks and inscriptions
24A 1st state (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
Subject depicted
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.

The sitter here is Freud's daughter Bella. The biting and proofing of the first state were done on 6 March 1995.
Collection
Accession number
E.427-2020

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Record createdFebruary 17, 2020
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