When Life Hands You a Lemon, Paint It


Lucian Freud (German-born British, 1922-2011): Still Life with Lemon, 1946. Oil on panel, 6 x 3-3/4 inches (17 x 9.5 cm). Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London, UK. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

“Everything is autobiographical and everything is a portrait” (Lucian Freud)

“After the war, Freud was keen to take to opportunity to travel; he was unable to go to France as he wanted, but managed to get as far as the Isles of Scilly. By the summer of 1946 travel was easier, and he managed to get to Paris and then, later the same summer, Freud went to Greece, at the suggestion of the painter, John Craxton. The two spent some months in Poros, where Freud painted still-life objects – lemons and tangerines, horns and sea thistles – in the bright southern light.” (© Tate)

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