Lucian Freud, 1922-2011

Lucian Freud died Wednesday.

I like his paintings because they’re beautiful in a strange way.

I like this portrait he did of Queen Elizabeth II, at the Queen’s request.

"Queen Elizabeth II" (2001) by Lucian Freud

I like the dignity here, and also that there isn’t any flattery other than the flattery that comes from being painted by someone who is trying to see in you what cannot always be seen.

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