Lucian Freud (1922 -2011) was a famous British painter, who was born in a Vienna Jewish family, his grandfather was the famous psychologist Sigmund Freud. When he was 15, the entered the art school and then in 1933 he went to London to learn painting from Morris. In 1940, he became a professional painter. Freud always prefer figure paintings and nude figure painting , ugly, vulgar and even perverted characters were his favorite painting figures. His style was rough but sensitive Famous Australian art critic Robert described Freud as the world's greatest realist living artist.
Freud rarely left London due to his unsociable character. He always shut himself up and tried to look for something ugly, fragile and sensitive, perhaps what he wanted to find was his inner world. He said that his paintings were autobiographical, because he always repeated painting himself and things around. He knew that ugly things were the reality, only by depicting these things could he uncover the truth. Actually, his works are regarded as the reality that can not be faced and he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time.
Benefits Supervisor Sleeping was Freud's most expensive painting sold at the price of $ 33.6 million sold in 2008. This painting was created in 1995, in the life-size, depicting a scene of a very large portrait of big Sue Tilley lying on a sofa. The ugly fat body of Sue Tilley brings no enjoyment of beauty but only the real ugly. This kind of body depiction might arouse shock among the audience, which was reasonable and typical. However, the most splendid part of the painting lies in the sense that Fraud unearth the connection of rich passion and body, showing his handling of flesh tones, and a typical high viewpoint. As one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Lucian Freud insisted painting until his death. Despite abstract expressionism occupied the entire art world in the 20th century, but Freud has always insisted expressionist painting, and eventually became one of Britain's greatest contemporary painters. Freud died at home in London at the age of 88 in 2011.