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"Lucian Freud decided to stop drawing in the early 1950s. Desisting, as he mostly did, for the next fifteen years was no small thing, since prior to then his reputation rested almost entirely on his drawing. In those early years, between adolescence and his late twenties, Freud drew like a young man possessed. His manner and his subjects through these years underwent various transformations, each one magically particular. But from the 1950s, it was painting — the challenge of finding painterly equivalents for the things and sensations that most excited him — that had his attention. Drawing, he had come to feel, was an impediment.
‘The idea of doing paintings where you’re conscious of the drawing and not the paint just irritated me,’ he has said. ‘People thought and said and wrote that I was a very good draughtsman but my paintings were linear and defined by my drawing. [They said] you could tell what a good draughtsman I was from my painting. I’ve never been that affected by writing, but I thought if that’s at all true, I must stop.’"

~An excerpt of Sebastian Smee’s introduction to Lucian Freud On Paper


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Freud, Lucian.
Drawing -- Great Britain -- 20th century.
Etching -- Great Britain -- 20th century.