Lucian Freud is the number one artist who other members of the UK artistic community most admire, according to a poll by The Great Art Fair.
Freud, the grandson of psychologist Sigmund Freud, was born in Berlin in 1922 and moved to the UK with his family in 1933 following the Nazi rise to power in Germany.
His work reflects friends, family and lovers. “The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement really,” he says.
“We have seen many statistics and results about the British public’s favourite artistic talents, and can read countless critic’s profiles expounding the virtues of a variety of names in art, but this is the first poll to be conducted amongst working artists,” a spokesman for The Great Art Fair who commissioned the poll said.
One of his better known works is a painting of model Kate Moss which went for £3.9m.
Other artists who were below Freud included Howard Hodgkin David Hockney, VanGough and Rembrandt.
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