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Benefits Supervisor Sleeping - Lucian Freud Paintings
Painting Title: Benefits Supervisor Sleeping - 1995
Oil on Canvas
Size: 59 5/8 x 86¼ inches or 151.3 x 219 cm
Lucian Freud
Famous UK Artists - Female Portrait Paintings - Nude Paintings

About the "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" Lucian Freud Painting
When the Benefits Supervisor Sleeping painting sold at a Christies auction in New York on May 13, 2008 it became the most expensive painting in the world by a living artist to be sold at auction. The large female nude reclining on a couch which was nicknamed "Big Sue" by the media realized a price of $33,641,000 USD.

Pilar Ordovas of Christie's art auction said Freud's appeal is "completely global and completely timeless. He appeals to both contemporary art lovers and collectors of Old Masters. He has clearly made a huge contribution to the history of art of the 20th century, and his output is quite small, perhaps producing just five paintings a year."

Detail of the Benefits Supervisor Sleeping painting..
Big Sue Detail
The subject of the painting Sue Tilley said "The first couple of times, I was a bit embarrassed but you get used to it. It's a bit weird to think that a picture of me could be worth so much money."

Charlotte Higgins from the Guardian newspaper in the UK described the painting as "Abundantly, gloriously fleshy, the paint gathered in great gobs and whorls, the detail of the skin tone picked out in loving, virtuosic detail, Lucian Freud's Benefits Supervisor Sleeping is a mighty thing, in every possible sense"

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