Lucian Freud painting of teenage Irish lover seeks up to £10 million
Feb03

Lucian Freud painting of teenage Irish lover seeks up to £10 million

A nude painting of a pregnant Irish teenager by Lucian Freud, one of the most famous British artists of the 20th century, is expected to sell for up to £10 million at auction next month. Sotheby’s has announced that Pregnant Girl by Lucian Freud – estimated at £7 million-£10 million – will go under the hammer in the Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on February 10th. The painting, dating from 1960-61, is appearing at auction for the first time. Lucian Freud, who died in 2011, was a German-born British artist and a grandson of the Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He was a well-known figure in late 20th-century London, was married twice and is reputed to have fathered at least 14 children by several women. After divorcing his second wife, the Anglo-Irish aristocrat Lady Caroline Blackwood (daughter of Maureen Guinness, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava) in 1959, he embarked on an affair with an Irish teenager, Bernardine Coverley. She was 16 when they met; he was 38. Ful story at source: Lucian Freud painting of teenage Irish lover seeks up to £10...

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I miss the sunrises in Bray
Jan22

I miss the sunrises in Bray

Bray is well a very popular spot for all sorts of film makers and you’ll see plenty of ads on the telly that use the location to great effect. I liked Bray for the subject matter and I used to spend a lot of time in Bray taking photographs that I would later paint. The railings on the promenade in Bray was one of my first attempts at painting when I first started back in 2000. I really did prefer the colour of the railings back then. I hope they will eventually change the colour back. I used to drop my son to school every morning and I can remember the stunning sun rises as we took a detour along Bray seafront. I’m sure they are still as spectacular as ever.  I miss the sunrises and those days. Here are a couple of memories from my time around Bray....

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A change of pace
Jan21

A change of pace

For anyone who has visited ArtOnLine before you might be shocked to see such a radical change. Yes we’re changing the whole look and feel of the site. Yep. Minimal. But were going to be sharing a more diverse range of visual art together with other musings. It will be interesting to see how the Artonline community embrace the platform and write their own blogs. Email us if you’re interested: info (at) artonline.ie In the meantime here is an image I shot on a recent visit to Australia. Street Art – Fremantle The image is very thought provoking when you zoom in and notice how the artist has deliberately placed the rubble in the foreground. And here is another image thought provoking image from the same building in Fremantle, Australia...

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