The committee later relented, declaring it a work of Expressionism.
It was his mix of Expressionism and surrealism, however, that allowed Freud a legacy of admiration rather than notoriety.
An artistic style that departs from the conventions of realism and naturalism and seeks to convey inner experience by distorting rather than directly representing natural images. The highly personal visions communicated in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh are early examples of expressionism. Edvard Munch and Georges Rouault are considered expressionist painters.