Lucien Freud is the latest artist to take up the tradition of designing the wine label for Chateau Mouton Rothschild (two years ago, for the 2004 vintage, it was another Brit - a watercolour by Prince Charles!).

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The press release says, 'Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of Mouton, has given the commission for the 2006 vintage to the British painter Lucian Freud, born in 1922, a universally
acknowledged master of contemporary portraiture. In 2008, one of his works was sold for the highest price ever attained by a living artist. Far from the tormented portraits and nudes for which he is renowned, for Mouton 2006 Lucian Freud has chosen a joyously exotic transposition of the pleasure of drinking, in which the vinestock is transformed into a springing palm tree and the winelover into a happily anticipatory zebra.'