This piece is Lucian Freud‘s self portrait with his two children Rose and Ali Boyt. It is painted by looking down at his reflection in a mirror placed by his feet. Thus, there is and extreme foreshortening and the halo-like ceiling light just above his left shoulder. This uneasy painting shows the artist as a colossal father figure, while his children are depicted as very tiny. It symbolizes alienation and anxious self-consciousness. The artist made the use of the mirror explicit and he stares at it coldly. He stated he used a palette knife to describe the space around him and smear it to create a strange, gray, voluminous void.