Lucian Freud

Like anyone I noted the death of Lucian Freud today, reading with great interest his obituary in the New York Times. Consider me among the few who had no idea he was Sigmund Freud's grandson. It could have been a coincidence, but nonetheless. Within hours an appreciation by Michael Kimmelman appeared as well, noting the steadfast nature of the artist's career as well as his privacy. But something bothered me in the back of my mind. Naturally I checked the museum's object database for the artist's work. We hold several pieces, a drawing, two etchings, and a painting. The painting is titled  Portrait of Ib, and this is where my memory jogged. The slideshow of the artist's work attached to the obituary includes our painting, though it is not credited to the institution, but rather to an image aggregator, the Bridgeman Art Library. At the website for the aggregator,  the image is credited to a private collection. A case of bad metadata clearly. Freud created numerous paintings of Ib, but our Portrait of Ib is their The Artist's Daughter. To be sure, I spent several minutes studying the two images. The color is lighter in one of the photographs, but the brushwork is identical, noted in our label copy as being made with a, "stiff, hogshair brush." The obituary quoted the artist saying, "the paint is the person." The museum's work is a fine example of this sentiment.