'Interior at Paddington', Lucian Freud, 1951
Oil on canvas, 152.4 x 114.3cm
Accession Number WAG3134
The model, Harry Diamond, was a friend of the artist. He spent six months posing for the picture.
Freud creates a mood of depression and neglect. His unrelenting scrutiny and the loitering figure outside add to the sense of unease. Freud has said 'the task of the artist is to make the human being uncomfortable.'
An extended study of 'Interior at Paddington' is also available online as part of our Artwork of the Month series.