Lucian Freud (1)

                         Naked Man Back View / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York







                                                                                                      Leigh Bowery

The turning point that catapulted him to global fame as one of the 20th century's greatest portrait painters was a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York when the painter was 70 years old, in 1993.

Lucian Freud, up until that point, was rumored to be disparaged by art dealers with comments like, "That man paints nothing but unsellable art." His works, devoid of the typical beauty or therapeutic qualities favored by general collectors, were labeled as "horrifying."

Leigh Bowery was a somewhat underground stage dancer. Weighing over 100 kilograms, he had shaved off his hair and body hair. People wondered, "Who would buy such a painting?" "Who would purchase a portrait of a massive nude man posed frontally?"

Although Freud was known for painting challenging subjects, his series on Leigh Bowery was particularly striking.

In fact, this uncanny series of male nudes became the monumental works that made Freud internationally renowned.

Recognizing the value of the portraits of Leigh Bowery, the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to host a grand solo exhibition of the artist's work.