The art world was rocked this week by the death of Lucian Freud, a painter, member of the Realist art movement and opinionated critic of other artists. An example: According to the Fairfield City Champion, Mr. Freud once said of the art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, another painter and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, that it was "the nearest painting can get to bad breath."
Intriguingly, many art critics might note that if anyone looks like they have bad breath, it's Freud's subjects. The painter was widely known for his unsentimental, unflattering, grittily realistic portraits. Many of his subjects were obese, had skin problems, looked ill or had uncombed hair. Most posed in the nude.
USA Today said that part of what made the artists work so unsettling was that he was, in fact, related to famed early psychologist Sigmund Freud. He was his grandson. The younger Freud died this week at the age of 88.
Even though specialty breath fresheners may never improve the so-called "bad breath" of Rossetti's art, they can certainly reduce oral odor for flabbergasted museum-goers whose jaws drop at the work of Lucian Freud.