Included in the Evening Auction of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s this February will be five outstanding drawings by acclaimed British artist Lucian Freud.
After strong prices for works on paper by Freud in 2011 (including an auction record in June 2011), it seems only prudent to include these drawings in the upcoming sale which also features a painting by Freud in addition to a veritable who’s who of the contemporary art world.
This fresh-to-market private collection of five drawings which spans more than four decades and attests to Freud’s masterful hand, is expected to realise in excess of £1.5 million.
Commenting on the sale of these drawings, Oliver Barker, Deputy Chairman Sotheby’s Europe and Senior International Specialist in Contemporary Art, said: “These remarkable works on paper provide a fascinating perspective on Freud’s method and the pivotal importance of drawing throughout his career. Each drawing testifies to his extraordinary powers of analysis, in both form and character, as well as his meticulous and masterful draughtsmanship. The appearance of these works at auction, two of which have never before appeared on the open market as they were acquired by the present owner from the artist, is set to generate significant interest among the collecting community.”
The five works on paper up for auction include:
- LORD GOODMAN charcoal on paper 1985
- DRAWING FOR NAKED FIGURE pen and ink with gouache on paper 1973-74
- HEAD OF SUCCESS II charcoal and crayon on paper 1983
- CACTI AND STUFFED BIRD pencil and coloured crayon on paper 1943
- GORSE SPRIG coloured pencil and crayon on paper 1944
For more information visit the Sotheby’s website.