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