These are a few photos I took while visiting the Modern to view the Lucien Freud exhibit. His portraits are amazing and at the same time some are disturbing. He always worked from a live model and for the most part in his studio. He knew his subjects well as they were friends and family and therefor there is an intimacy to Freud's work. We didn't see the entire exhibit, but will return many times to come.
It is so interesting to explore the techniques and working habits of artists. Freud worked for long periods of time, sometimes years, on each portrait. The sitter sat for hours each day for weeks on end until Freud completed the work. Each stroke was carefully worked with a new color, never the same. He painted his day work and his night work in order to get different lighting. His family life and social life were very limited as he spent the majority of his time painting.
If you are in the Fort Worth area I recommend the Freud exhibit. The Modern has wonderful bodies of work by other artists as well.