Lucian Freud – And the Bridegroom (1993)
Can you believe a decade ago I detested Freud’s paintings? Like really super hated them–I think it was something about their stretched, obtusely rendered perspective.
I do not feel the same way these days and I’ve become borderline obsessed with his work. His use of color–minimal around the edges and growing more layered/nuanced the closer the eye draws to the subject(s).
It’s almost as if everything in the work is designed to draw attention to what can only be inferred–i.e. the psychological state of the subject(s).
It’s a brash maneuver to have everything function solely to the end of conveying something that can’t really be fully communicated through visual depiction.
That Freud manages it so frequently and with seemingly so little effort is so improbable, there’s only one way to accurately encompass it: unmitigated genius.
Here’s to being wrong–and the growth/evolution that arises from being willing to admit it.