freud paints people who he is close to in life but was also once asked to paint the queen. its interesting how he chose to paint such a grand figure on such a small canvas (23.5cm x 15.2cm)!
freud is also known as part of the 'london School of artists' along with michael andrews, frank auerbach (portrait by freud above), francis bacon, r. b. kitaj and leon kossoff - a group of artists who each in their own way took great interest in the human figure. wonderful.
i recently bought this book on freud and since reading through it a couple of days ago i am so excited about starting to work on people!