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Freud's muse describes sittings

Lucian Freud
Freud has been painting Ms Christian for over a year

The new muse of artist Lucian Freud has spoken about posing for the celebrated painter's latest work.

Perienne Christian, from south-east London, is posing for a nude portrait which is expected to fetch millions of pounds upon completion.

The 25-year-old, herself an artist, is the latest in a long line of women to pose for 86-year-old Freud.

She told the BBC new website it had been a "wonderful opportunity" to watch "a master painter at work".

Ms Christian, who trained at the Prince's Drawing School in London, was approached by her tutor over a year ago who told her Freud was looking for a model.

She met Freud for breakfast, and he later decided to go ahead.

Fantastic experience

Ms Christian, who is currently exhibiting her own work at the RK Burt Gallery in London, has been sitting for Freud in his west London studio for more than a year.

"It has been a fantastic experience. I enjoy being still and am always comfortable," she said.

"We talk about current exhibitions, art and artists and he tells me stories about his life, which are fascinating.

"I have gained knowledge of the importance of dedication to one's art."

Freud's previous muses have included models Kate Moss and Jerry Hall, his daughter Esther Freud, and job centre worker Sue Tilley.

His portrait of Ms Tilley - titled Benefits Supervisor Sleeping - smashed auction records for work by a living artist last year when it sold for £17m.

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