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A New Kind of Nude

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Lucian Freud's fascination with the human body and his desire to challenge himself lead to a series of nude paintings that many thought were unsalable - until the Hirshhorn made a daring purchase.

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Artist Lucian Freud, grandson of Sigmund, spent much of his career in relative obscurity. In the last quarter of his life, however, his audaciously explicit portraits would intrigue the art world, and break records at auction. This behind-the-scenes look at Freud features rare footage of him in his studio, where supermodels, gangsters, and British nobility sat for him. Witness a portrait of the artist, revealed by the lovers, friends, children and even critics who were caught up in the strands of his life and captured with his brush.

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