Took a look at a documentary on the painter Lucian Freud, grandson of famed psychologist Sigmund Freud. I have seen some of his work at the Getty Museum here in Los Angeles. I like the way he paints the human figure, and it interested me why he interpreted the human body in the way her did. Interests me what the thoughts are that create the image. I like looking at the work of painters, but since this course module, I am looking at their work in a different way. I’m looking from the psychological aspect of image making: from thought to image. Researching why they paint what they do.
Interesting to find out that he represented them honestly, and un compromisingly and the longer he worked with the sitter the more abstract they became. Even when commissioned to paint the portrait of the queen, he did not paint her any differently than anyone else. He remained true to his feelings.
He worked 364 days a year, and felt he was rallying against time, interesting that as one grows older the sense of urgency seems to be the fuel for the output of work. Never had the urge to retire myself so always interested to find out what fuels these individuals that can give them the energy to work till the end.
Lucian Freud: Painting of Queen Elizabeth.