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A controvers­ial portrait

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When it was revealed to the public in 2002, this portrait of the Queen shocked the UK. The Guardian stated it was the best portrait in 150 years, but others said it made the Queen look like the prop forward of a rugby team, or one of her corgis. The painting is the work of famous artist Lucian Freud, grandson of Sigmund Freud, who is known for his uncompromi­sing portraits. This one was kept in the Queen’s private collection, and is now being brought back to the public for a retrospect­ive of his work at the National Gallery in London. What did the Queen think of the portrait when she saw it twenty years ago? According to Freud’s biographer, she appeared to be very pleased with the result, and told the painter: “Very nice of you to do this. I’ve very much enjoyed watching you mix your colours.” to state to announce / prop forward player who plays in a forward position on a rugby team and forward at either end of the front row of a scrum / corgi short-legged dogs with erect ears and a fox-like head / uncompromi­sing here, ref. to a style of portrait that is exremely realistic, exaggerate­d even, without regard towards flattery of any kind.

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