The artist grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucien Freud who passed away last year in July, will have a retrospective of his works at the National Portrait Gallery of London opening on February 9, 2012. Hoping to capitalize on the public interest the popular artist is expected to generate, Christie’s has announced a sale of 45 prints, all save one coming from his printer of many years. Freud work with the private printer Magar Balakjian over many years and presumably over which Balakjian acquired what is considered “the most complete array of his prints ever to be auctioned.” In an article in The Guardian , Balakjian is quoted as saying,
I had the pleasure of working with Lucian in my studio for 25 years, during which time we became good friends. He was always courteous and kind.
His work was always exceptional but his character so informal that you would never know he was one of the most important living artists of the time. He was an inspirational artist to work with. His prints don’t just enrich his work: they are an integral part of his output. They show his versatility and define him as a great draughtsman.
Freud was said to amassed a fortune of close to 125million pounds over his lifetime with his later paintings selling for well over a million pounds apiece. He was always somewhat of a recluse and preferred to painstaking paint more common people in his studio of many years, however over the past decade, he did manage to do portraits of Kate Moss and the Queen of England. His trademark technique was the thick application of oi paint over multiple sessions so the etchings do represent an alternative viewpoint into the man that critic Robert Hughes wrote in 1993 was “the best realist painter alive.”