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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.

Edward Mullany is the author of If I Falter at the Gallows, Figures for an Apocalypse and The Three Sunrises. He is the recipient of a Barthelme Fellowship from the Inprint Foundation. He is also the creator of the comic strips Rachel and Ben and Excerpts From a Boring Man's Diary. He has a twitter and tumblr.

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  1. Sad news, Edward…I was lucky enough to see “Girl with a Kitten” in person at the Tate last month.

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