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Painter and Model

February 26, 2012

Celia Paul


Celia Paul, Lucian Freud’s pupil, mistress, and model appears at least twice in the current exhibition of his paintings at the National Portrait Gallery. In Painter and Model from 1986-7 she is the artist – as in real life, but without a canvas and easel. The naked man uncomfortably stretches his foot towards the paint on the floor. He’s not enjoying her right foot pressing on a tube of green.

In Naked Girl with Egg 1980-1 she is in the traditional mistress’s pose – naked and exposed.

But fertile? The bisected boiled egg on the paint stained table isn’t. It’s breakfast.

Jim Thornton

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