'Interior at Paddington', Lucian Freud, 1951

A standing man looks small in comparison to bold depiction of a spiky, potted palm tree in the foreground. His bare flat has a view to the buildings opposite though a window which casts shadows into the room.

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.