British realist painter Lucian Freud dies at 88

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Despite the accolades, he kept trying to improve his work even as the end of his life neared.

“I think the most dangerous thing for an artist would be to be pleased with one’s work simply because it is one’s own,” he once said. “One wants every picture to be better than its predecessors. Otherwise, what’s the point?”

The painter feuded for many years with his late brother Clement Freud, a popular writer and broadcaster who died in April 2009. He did not attend Clement Freud’s funeral.

Freud’s marriage to Kathleen Garman lasted four years and was dissolved in 1952. They had two daughters together. His second marriage, to Caroline Blackwood in 1953, ended in 1957.

Prentice, the spokeswoman, said in an email that funeral arrangements had not yet been made public.

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Karolina Tagaris and Raphael G. Satter contributed to this report.

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