recently discovered this fascinating documentary of lucian freud byt the BBC in youtube. i believe it was a prelude to his retrospective at the national portrait gallery last year (may2012). beautifully done. it was an honest piece that made me uncomfortable to a point but pleased that it was made in that manner. i guess it is in true vein to freud's paintings of confronting you with not just the nakedness of his subjects but that truthfulness that seems to signify his life and art.
i had this sense of awe at his relentless and uncompromising stance to do what he do amidst the assault of painting as an artform. steady as he goes in the decades of pop art, kinetic art etc. he powered on to dig deeper into his art, finally arriving at a place he can call his own. this singular dedication is inspiring.
freud. screengrab from BBC documentary.
"the promise of happiness is felt in the act of creation but disappears towards the completion of the work. for it is then that the painter realises that it is only a picture he is painting..."