In the painting "Annabel's Sleeping" by Lucien Freud; The prominent German-born British expressionist artist is depicted, a woman is shown sleeping, one of his two daughters.
What is quite innovative about Freud's approach to the depicted subject is his perspective. The artist has depicted a reclining body that is far away from us, so we cannot see the facial expression, but the painting is nevertheless quite expressive. The body is in a fetal and contracted state, which can be interpreted as a reaction to a physical or psychological trauma.
Depicting his sleeping daughter in this way, Freud might think that she is a helpless observer of his mental and emotional pain. He also puts the viewer in a position to penetrate a woman's personal space and become aware of her feelings. In addition, this painting can be called feminist because a woman expresses her injuries only when she is asleep; Only when he is oblivious to watching others.
In his paintings, Freud shows the concreteness of human beings, whether it is their pain and emotional struggle, or the naturalism in depicting their bodies. This tangibility is shown in Annabelle's Sleep in the brutal physicality of her legs. This artist focuses on small details; Like the movement of muscles and skin tissue, it emphasizes. He de-idealizes the human body and breaks the tradition of showing a woman's face as a beautiful and flawless object and insists on the physicality of the whole body. This de-idealization reminds us of the realism of Caravaggio's works. In a similar way, he highlights the dirty feet of the saints, the imperfection of the body and human nature.