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Lucian Freud's Headstand, 1983

We unveil our favourite post on AnOther Loves, and interview its Lover

Lucian Freud standing on his head in his studio with his daughter, the fashion designer Bella Freud, pictured in 1983
Lucian Freud standing on his head in his studio with his daughter, the fashion designer Bella Freud, pictured in 1983

Lucian Freud impresses his daughter and AnOther in this Loves vote winning image

How to describe Lucian Freud? Doyen of the art world, notorious philanderer, father of 14 (who he knew about), Kate Moss’ tattooist, whippet lover and the subject of the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. And capable, at 61, of a flawless headstand. Art genius and acrobat – it seems his talents had no end, as celebrated in this photograph of Lucian and his daughter Bella, which unanimously won this week’s vote for AnOther Loves contributor Sophie Wedgewood.

Freud’s explosive and often strained relationship with his children and their many mothers has been extensively documented, leaving little room for any details about his acrobatic skills. But this is not the only unique entertainment that AnOther has enjoyed this week: Thomas Edison’s 1904 film of Japanese tumblers performing gravity defying feats has been a source of much joy, while Isabella Rossellini’s performance of Green Porno is the most anticipated event of the weekend.

So, to celebrate this unique depiction of one of Britain’s most extraordinary artists, we ask Wedgewood what inspired her vote winning Love, and what trick she would employ to impress a room.

Why did you love this picture?
I've always loved Lucien Freud, the picture is very sweet. Bella seems unphased by his headstand, as if it's very normal.

Where would you keep it if you owned it?
In my bedroom. 

How do you think this moment came about?
Naturally – it's very candid which is why I like it.

Who are your favourite father/daughter combo?
Scout and Atticus from To Kill A Mocking Bird.

What is your favourite Freud painting?
So many to choose from, but probably his portrait of Kate Moss. I love the bird tattoos on her lower back he did too. 

Who in your family makes you laugh the most?
My sister Rebecca.

What's your party trick?
I always wanted to do the Audery Horn cherry stalk trick but my tongue has always let me down.

What was the last thing you bought?
I brought Italian food and cooked it at my house.

What are you excited about for 2014?
Taking new photos in Cuba and Vietnam next month.

Tish Wrigley is the AnOther assistant editor.


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