In our approach to portrait painting, we will begin by looking at the techniques of one of the most respected portrait artists of the 20th century, Lucian Freud. Besides studying and using his physical techniques and mental approaches to art, we will also "read," discuss, and write about painting as artists do, using the specific vocabulary and language of the trade.
Other Famous Portraits
Freud's "Woman in a White Shirt"
Freud, Close Up
Freud's "A Painter"
Look carefully at the Freud portraits in the left column below, scrolling all the way to the bottom. Using the "Artist Analysis Sheet," describe what Freud does differently and uniquely from other artists, finishing with a statement that you believe would accurately summarize his philosophy of art and the artist. The famous portraits in the column on the right are provided simply to help you identify Freud's uniqueness. Do not comment on those.
Lucian Freud Portraits
Van Gogh, "Self Portrait"
Mona Lisa Close Up
Picasso, "Self Portrait"
Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring"
CCSS & Skills Development
Common Core Standards
- 2 (main ideas)
- 3 (relationships with a work)
- 4 (vocabulary)
- 5 (structure)
- 6 (purpose/perspective)
- 9 (multiple works)
- I can read, interpret, and apply the terminology of the art world as it is used to describe and analyze portraits.
- I can analyze the composition of a painting, including how the elements of art and principles of design relate to each other and the whole.
- I can determine the central ideas and themes of an artist
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