Goldie

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Object Description

Sketch of Goldie, c.2003, Oil & charcoal on canvas, 61.5 x71.1 cm

Object History

Sketch of Goldie, executed in charcoal on canvas, is a preliminary working of a composition that he left incomplete dating from 2003. This study offers a rare insight into Freud’s practice and his life-time interest in horses. In 2003 he embarked on the work at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre in West London. Over the next three years he returned frequently to paint at Wormwood Scrubs, completing three of his finest oil horse portraits there. “It is rare to see such preliminary workings out of a composition by Lucian Freud. He normally destroyed anything that he deemed unfinished or unworthy. In this case, instead of demolishing it, he left it in Mary-Joy’s hands, providing us with an exciting, intimate view of how he formed his initial ideas on canvas.

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