I've just found out, via Art Info that one my favourite artists, and the person who made me want to start painting, has died at the age of 88.
Lucian Freud's uncompromisingly real portraits, and ability to paint a true likeness of a person, not just visually, but also psychologically is something I have yet to see in any other painters work, and doubt to see in anyone else's work.
When I was in school and my teacher told me I was going to fail art (I got an A) he was the painter that influenced me and made me carry on, which sparked me all the way through college and university. I remember standing in the Tate Britain on a school trip after my friends had gone to look at something else, and staring at one of his portraits completely entranced by his amazing use of paint.
I'm sorry this post is so short and sad but he was and will continue to be unrivalled, and I am very, very sad at this huge loss to the art world.