Did you know the grandson of Sigmund Freud was an incredibly talented portrait painter?⠀ ⠀ “The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes and, ironically, the more real.”--Lucien Freud⠀ ⠀ Lucien Freud worked directly from life and required the subject sit for hours at a time over a period of many months. Some of his famed sitters include Queen Elizabeth II and David Hockney, who claims to have sat for hundreds of hours for Freud. In his lifetime, Freud became involved with a number of notorious gang members due to his gambling habits, including Ronnie and Reggie Kray. One of Freud’s biggest collectors was bookie, Alfie McLean, who allowed the famed British painter to repay some of his debts in paintings. When McLean died in 2006, he’d amassed about 23 artworks from Freud worth around £100 million.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #art #artist #painting #portrait #portraiture #freud #lucienfreud #britishartist #painter #figurativeart