“Standing by the Rags” (1988-89) oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Estate of the artist.
Only just a few weeks ago did the world bid adieux to Cy Twombly, one of the greatest painters of the post war era. And now sadly this week, another great painter of the same period has passed at the age of 88, Lucian Freud drew his last breath on Wednesday at his home in London. While Twombly expanded the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism, Freud, in turn, re-appropriated figurative portraiture. Over a 60-year strong artistic career, Freud remained unyieldingly faithful to his genre of choice and was often compared to old masters such as Titan, Rembrandt, Ingres and Monet.