Girl with a White Dog, 1951-52 (first wife of Freud)
Grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud (born in 1922) is one of the most important living artists. His main subject is the human figure, and his raw, naturalistic style of painting depicts his subjects "not because of what they are like... but what happen to be".
Around 1956 Freud started loosen his style, going from fine sable brushes to stiff hogshair brushes. Around the same time, Freud who used to work sitting, started painting only standing up, adding an energetic feel to his paintings. He started using the heavy granular pigment called cremnitz white for painting the flesh.
Freud works slowly and only with live models. He was 85 when he completed Ria, naked portrait. He worked on this painting for 16 months, every day (seven days a week) from 18.30 in sittings of 4 hours. At 2 pm he had another sitting with another model. Amazing. Read the story of this portrait here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3668104/Lucian-Freud-marathon-man.html