Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jerry Hall is shocked by Lucian Freud's breastfeeding portrait

Jerry Hall is shocked 

by Lucian Freud's breastfeeding portrait

Jerry Hall speaks of her anger at Lucian Freud, whose painting depicts a man breastfeeding her son by Sir Mick Jagger.

A previos oil canvas portrait of US model Jerry Hall
while pregnant, painted by British painter Lucian Freud

Accused of misogyny in the past, Lucian Freud has now invoked the wrath of one of his best-known subjects.
Jerry Hall says she was horrified to discover that the celebrated artist had painted over her face and upper body in a portrait of her breastfeeding her youngest son, Gabriel, after she was unable to complete her sittings because of illness. To add insult to injury, Freud, 87, replaced her features with those of his male assistant, David Dawson.
"I was really upset about that," says the former wife of Sir Mick Jagger. "It is now hanging in the Dallas Museum. I went there and saw it. It was very upsetting. Gabriel looks beautiful, and you can kind of see me underneath. I am still there."

Jerry Hall

The Texan model, 54, who is selling a typically unflattering nude portrait of her that Freud painted while she was pregnant with Gabriel, Eight Months Gone, says the artist angered her further when she confronted him about his behaviour. "Lucian said I could buy it and take off the top layer," she says, sadly.
The late 11th Duke of Devonshire, who collected Freud's work for more than 50 years, once remarked: "I'm not sure how much he loves women - for horses and dogs he shows affection; his portraits of the ladies are misogynous."

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