This week one of the most celebrated and identifiable British artists of his generation died, aged 88.
Lucian Freud, whose intense style attracted sitters including Kate Moss and the Queen, died at his home on Wednesday after becoming severely ill.
The death of Lucian Freud will come as a huge blow to the art world and, for many, will represent the end of an era.
It saddens me to say that I have only been in the presence of one of his paintings, Interior at Paddington (1951), but it is one of my favourite paintings of all time. In the painting Freud creates a mood of depression and neglect. Freud said: "the task of the artist is to make the human being uncomfortable", something I certainly experience when looking at this painting.