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MoMA Opening of the Exhibition Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings

Lucian Freud.

Bella Freud.

On December 11, The Museum of Modern Art hosted receptions to celebrate the opening of Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, which is on view from December 16, 2007, to March 10, 2008.

The exhibition highlights the artist's exceptional achievements in the medium of etching and explores the crucial relationship between these works on paper and his works on canvas.  In a career spanning more than six decades, Freud (British, b. Germany, 1922), has redefined portraiture and the nude through his frank scrutiny of the human form.  Although best known as a painter, Freud has made etching a constant part of his artistic practice since 1982.  The full scope and significance of Freud's achievements in etching are represented here, ranging from rare, early experiments of the 1940s to the increasingly large and complex compositions created since his rediscovery of the medium in the early 1980s, including a new work completed in 2007.  Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings, Freud's first solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art and his first museum exhibition in New York City in 14 years, is organized by Starr Figura, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art.

Jerry Speyer, Starr Figura, Marie-Josée Kravis, Robert Menschel.

Agnes Gund, Glenn D. Lowry, director of MoMA.

Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis.

Bella Freud, Rufus Wainright, Larissa.

Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

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