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Art world mourns Lucian Freud

22nd July 2011

Lucian Freud, regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, has died at the age of 88.

Diana Rawstron, who has represented Freud for years, said the artist died on Wednesday (July 20th) at his London home.

Known for his portraits and paintings of nudes in particular, the artist was the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

He was born in Berlin in 1922, before fleeing to the UK with his Jewish family in 1933.

Freud was 'one of the great painters of the 20th century', New York dealer William Acquavella said.

'His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period,' Mr Acquavella added.

In recent years, Freud's works became highly sought after, with his nude portrait of an overweight woman on a sofa selling for USD 33.6 million (GBP 20.6 million) in 2008 – a record for a work by a living artist.

His paintings will feature in a major exhibition in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. 

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