Portrait of Peter Watson, Head and Shoulders

Portrait of Peter Watson, Head and Shoulders

Portrait of Peter Watson, Head and Shoulders
Lucian Freud (b. 1922)
Britain
About 1950
Charcoal and white chalk on grey-brown laid paper
Width 48.1 cm x height 36 cm
Museum no. Circ.308-1958

Close examination shows that the grey tone of the paper comes from the use of grey fibres. The artist clearly enjoyed the texture of the laid paper setting off its vertical lines visible through the shading of the tie against the diagonally patterned fabric of the sitter’s jacket.