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An analysis of ‘Boy’s Head’.

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An Analysis of 'Boy's Head' 1952 By Lucian Freud 'Reflection' - Lucian Freud (This is not the painting being analysed, this is just a self-portrait of Lucian Fraud.) _Artist's Intentions_____________________________________________________ The painting of this piece has been handled well, and has been carefully thought out to fit what the artist wants the viewers to feel. He wants to portray 'pain,' 'emotional pain.' The painting draws the viewer in using the main focal point, the eyes. The eyes have been carefully painted to portray the desired emotion whilst making the viewer feel intimidated and 'stuck.' The painting is a display of skilful technique and careful handling. The thick paint strokes of the background give a tension between both the focal areas and the non-focal areas. ...read more.


The emotion seems to me to pour out of the eyes and mouth. It overwhelms the rest of the painting and brings any feeling of joy straight to a holt. In this painting the distortion has not been create through new forms, it has been created through the physical position of the subject. A definite sense of depth is present in the focal areas because of the strong directional lighting. The background however is loosely painted and has little directional lighting, flattening out the rest out the painting. Line plays a main role in the focal areas. It is used sensitively and helps to produce the airy feeling of sadness. Around the nose and mouth line plays a large part in the directional lighting. ...read more.


The tighter and denser lines on the eyes give a continuous feeling, and harden the shape. The connection between the painter and the paint is probably there. The painter may be using the emotion that is in the painting to paint with. The definite sweeps of the paint gives an uncontrollable feeling that portrays pain. The emotion is connected and helps the paint reach out of the frame. _Personal Responce___________________________________________________ This piece I think is a complicated piece both in meaning and in painting. It seems an intriguing piece of work at first but once you have looked in detail the painting becomes more disturbing. It changes in perspective. The firm gaze pulls you towards an emotion barred from understanding. I intend to explore the element of tone of this painting in my exam piece. I would probably like to return to the distortion of the painting in a later project. ...read more.

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