“My family and I mourn Lucian Freud not only as one of the great painters of the twentieth century but also as a very dear friend,” said William Acquavella, Freud’s gallerist, in a statement. “As the foremost figurative artist of his generation he imbued both portraiture and landscape with profound insight, drama and energy. In company he was exciting, humble, warm and witty. He lived to paint and painted until the day he died, far removed from the noise of the art world.”
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