Newly Discovered Freud Self-Portrait "Black Eye" to Be Auctioned
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The Independent notes that a newly discovered self-portrait of Britain's most famous—and bankable—living artist is going on sale next month, which shows the artist sporting a black eye.

 

Lucian Freud Reflection-Self Portrait

The Independent notes that a newly discovered self-portrait of Britain's most famous—and bankable—living artist is going on sale next month, which shows the artist sporting a black eye. Legend has it that Lucian Freud, the notoriously reclusive painter, decided to use his run-in with an angry taxi driver to compose an unusual self-portrait rather than wallow over an altercation that left him noticeably worse off than his adversary.

The composition begins just above the artist's top lip and ends at a tousle of messy brown hair. But it is the angry swelling around Freud's left eye that makes the portrait so unusual. It is only the third time a self-portrait of Freud, now eighty-seven, has become available through an auction and it is expected to fetch between $4.8 million and $6.5 million when Sotheby's sells it next month.

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