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Freud family gives artwork in place of tax

  • by ROBERT DEX
 

A 19TH-CENTURY masterpiece that hung in the home of the late 
artist Lucian Freud has been 
donated to the National Gallery by his family.

A 19TH-CENTURY masterpiece that hung in the home of the late artist Lucian Freud has been donated to the National Gallery by his family.

Freud, whose family left Germany to escape the rise of the Nazis, said in his will that the painting by French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot will be given to the central London gallery in gratitude to the country that welcomed his family after they fled Hitler.

The painting, The Italian Woman or Woman with Yellow Sleeve, was bought by Freud at auction in 2001 and donated as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme which allows people to hand over artworks in lieu of inheritance tax.

It has not been shown in public for more than 60 years and used to be in the collection of US actor Edward G Robinson.

 

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