Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping

It took me awhile to decide if I should post this or not. I LOVE this woman! I LOVE this painting and I think this should be the new standard for what is all good about women! Hooray Sue Tilley.

Lucian Freud's 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' sells for record $33m

When the plump, naked model for one of Lucian Freud's paintings remarked that the artist "got value for money" because he "got a lot of flesh", she may not have realised how prophetic her words would come to be.

Freud's life-size portrait of Sue Tilley, a London Jobcentre supervisor, set the world record for the highest price paid in an auction for a work of art by a living artist.

At a Christie's auction in Manhattan, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, which depicts a 20 stone, Jobcentre worker stretched over a tatty sofa, fetched $33.64m, far exceeding the previous record set in November by Jeff Koons' Hanging Heart sculpture that sold for $23.6 million.

The portrait was painted in 1995 by Freud, the 85-year-old grandson of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and is thought by some art experts to represent his best work from the 1990s.

The painting, which is part owned by Christie's, was sold by a private European collector.

The auctioneer declined to comment on the size of Christie's stake in the painting. A spokeswoman contacted during the auction also declined to name the buyer of the painting, who can decide at the end of the proceedings whether he chooses to be identified.

From: Timesonline.co.uk
Suzy Jagger in New York and Dalya Alberge


  1. On my gosh, this is amazing. I'd never seen this painting before and I love it. There's something powerful about this model revealing herself in all her fleshy glory.

  2. Great picture. We all feel like the model some days but it was nice to see her proud to expose her full beauty. Dieting....what's that? Live each day and enjoy it.

  3. Anyone who has done life drawing would know it is great to draw/paint a not skinny person. What amazes me is that the date this was done, I guess skinny was not such a big deal in this environment. Wouldn't it be nice if we all thought a little meat on your bones was o.k. as long as your heart could keep up. Thank you for posting this wonderful piece you are so good for us.