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P Summary On first sight, the egg included in this painting looks back to the wilfully strange Surrealist juxtapositions Lucian Freud was experimenting with forty years earlier. It makes the title sound almost like a menu, with its contents laid out as if for consumption. Their combination, however, puts appetite off its stride, and, despite the frankness of its nudity, this is not an erotic painting. A fearfully symmetrical breakfast awaits her, looking up at us like a pair of eyes, with the two staring gobbets of yolk set in circles of globular white […] could anything in the world be more alarming than such a capsule of fertility, killed by boiling water and then cut down the middle by a knife?
Such is the unrealistic flatness with which it mimics the texture of the palette Freud would have been holding in front of it. The wearer is the painter Celia Paul, one of his students during a period as a visiting tutor at the Slade School of Art in the late s; her foot presses on a tube of paint and squeezes it out, and her hand holds a brush inches from the foot of the naked model, Angus Cook.
Just like the bisected egg, or the resting painter, a creative energy has been stilled in paint for us to examine. As a painter, Celia Paul afforded Freud the opportunity to paint about painting from a different angle to his portraits of Francis Bacon , Frank Auerbach or himself. Tom Overton, Painting Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel.
Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.