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Celia Paul is the least noisy portrait painter in oils imaginable. Her subjects - which usually tend to be relatives, close friends or herself - exist within a kind of religiose hush of rapt self-absorption.

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Details competition no 424 by Tom Lubbock

Detail 422 came from Watteau's Gilles or Pierrot (1718-19). This picture of the forlorn lover of the commedia dell'arte theatre, standing out by himself in front of the show, with his strikingly round hat-halo, has often been taken as a literal, or a surrogate, self-portrait - or at least as an emblem of the lonesome artist. It is also a portrait of stupidity (note the donkey) - soulful stupidity, a passive and appealing dopeyness. There's a very close contemporary version of this look in the figure of the young man in Lucian Freud's Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau). Our picture is in the Louvre, Paris.

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Freud to paint Queen's portrait

LUCIAN FREUD, whose unforgiving portraits have earned him the reputation of the world's greatest living realist painter, has provisionally agreed to paint the Queen.

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AS THE model for Francis Bacon's Lying Figure with Hypodermic Syringe (1963), Henrietta Moraes was a voluptuous icon of the Soho subculture of the Fifties, sprawling across an unmade bed posing for photographs taken by John Deakin for Bacon's painting.

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Profile: Lucian Freud: Portrait of the artist as a happy man

Soaring prices consolidate the status of Britain's 'greatest living realist' painter. By John Spurling

Leading Article: Give elephant dung to our schoolchildren

THERE WAS a time when your standard English carper against modern art decried Picasso for doing doodles that a three-year-old could manage. Well, at least no one could say their infant could manage Chris Ofili's Turner Prize-winning paintings using elephant dung as a medium.

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It's life, but not as we know it

Lucian Freud has been called the world's greatest living realist painter. But whose reality is he painting? Tom Lubbock isn't sure, but he likes what he sees

Freudian economics

Lucian Freud is 75 and arguably the nation's greatest living painter, yet he hasn't quite become the grand old man that this description might suggest. Far from it in fact. For all his celebrity and grandeur something about him has always been a bit close to the edge. On one hand he's a kind of national treasure, feted in high places and the only artist holder of the Order of Merit (a rare honour shared with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Yehudi Menuhin). On the other, he remains a dark and rather mysterious character aligned through his models - the late Leigh Bowery and Big Sue Tilley - to a kind of bohemian club culture. It is a curious contradiction, but one that reminds us that Freud is as much of a contemporary artist as any of the current crop of young fashionables that could be his grandchildren.
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