Lucian Freud’s painting “Benefits Supervisor Resting” (The Inspector of sleeping subsidies) was auctioned off at 56.2 million dollars at Christie’s in New York that opened its doors to welcome art-collectors around the world to attend the auction of contemporary art in spring.
The work depicts a naked obese woman, “Big Sue”, who relaxes on the couch, a picture that evokes the canons of female beauty in vogue at that time. Considered to be one of the most celebrated works of the artist from Berlin, grandson of the father of psycho-analysis Sigmund. It was bidded at 30 million and sold at 56, doing another version of “Benefits SupervisorResting” of 1995 that was purchased in May 2008 at Christie’s for $ 33,641,000 and so far still held the record for a work of Freud. The top lot of Christie’s auction was the masterpiece of American artist Mark Rothko, “No. 10 “of 1958, who ht a record high of $ 81,925,000. Among other records held by Robert Rauschenberg, GiovanniAnselmo, Robert Ryman and Sturtevant.
Lucian has made portraits of a raw realism that was his hallmark. “I want the painting to be flesh” claimed the author talking about his art, a definition that “brush” falls for”Benefits Supervisor Resting”. The last steps in the auction amongst important paintings by Freud can be traced back to last year: in February 2014 at Sotheby’s in London the portrait of Lady Lambton “, central figure of the artist’s life for more than 25 years, was sold at 4,920,861 Dollars while at Christie’s in New York on November 12, 2014” Julie and Martin “, painted in 2001 reached 16 million.