Monday, June 20, 2005

photograph courtesy Manfredi Bellati
Museo Correr - *****Lucian Freud - This is the best show in Venice - it was so refreshing to see real paint on canvas AT LAST, if I remember rightly there isn't even one painting, in the traditional sense in the Arsenale show! Curated by William Feaver, this retrospective exhibition shows eighty-five pieces, some specifically created for the occasion. Since Lucian Freud won the Purchase Prize in 1951 he has built up a formidable reputation as one of the most powerful contemporary figurative painters. Portraits and nudes are his specialties, often observed in arresting close-up as well as dogs and you all know how much I love dogs! Not to be missed.
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