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Artist Lucian Freud is dead at 88

July 21, 2011 |  2:12 pm

Freud self-portrait The Associated Press is reporting that the realist painter Lucian Freud has died at age 88.

In a statement, New York-based art dealer William R. Acquavella says that Freud died after an illness but gave no further details late Thursday.

Freud was known for his intense realist portraits, particularly of nudes.

In recent years his paintings commanded staggering prices at auction, including one of an overweight nude woman sleeping on a couch that sold in 2008 for $33.6 million.

There will be a complete obituary available later at



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Photo: Lucian Freud's "Reflection, Self-Portrait" (2002). Credit: Tate Gallery