London Frieze Art Fair: Jenny Saville
Rosetta 2, 2005-2006
Oil on watercolor paper, mounted on board
99-1/4 x 73-3/4 inches (252 x 187.5 cm)
This towering painting by Jenny Saville, a painting that I revisited many times while in London and stared at with amazement, was clearly one of the highlights at Frieze , a painting evoking pathos and sardonically questioning traditional expectations of portraiture, though I'm sure that the response to this painting will fall into 3 camps:
- Hans Holbein purists who perhaps have serious disdain for the loose, violent and sobering approach here.
- Admirers of Lucien Freud who feel that this painting stands for all the great things happening right now in contemporary art.
- And the camp, myself included, that simply admires Holbein , Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville.