The Portraits of Lucian Freud

Over 100 paintings, drawings and etchings were brought together from around the world for the National Portrait Gallery's most ambitious exhibition of Lucian Freud’s work since 2001. Find out more after the jump.

Girl in a Dark Jacket, 1947 Copyright: Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud Portraits, which is part of the London 2012 Festival, explores the artist’s work across seven decades, from the early 1940s to his death last July. Working only from life, the artist said: ‘I could never put anything into a picture that wasn’t actually there in front of me’…

Two Irishmen in W11, 1984-5, Copyright: Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

The show includes both iconic and rarely-seen portraits of the artist’s lovers, friends and family. The portraits selected demonstrate the psychological drama and relentless observational intensity of Freud’s work.  

The Brigadier, 2003-04 Copyright: Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

Displayed broadly chronologically, the exhibition includes several sections, ranging from those devoted to the earliest portraits right through to the late work. As well as major portraits the exhibition will highlight the recurring importance of the self-portrait in Freud’s work.

Man with a Feather (Self-portrait), 1943 Copyright: Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

Visitors are able to trace the artist’s development through drawings and etchings and from the earliest head-and-shoulder painted portraits to those of the 1960s when Freud started standing rather than sitting at his easel to paint full-length nudes with thicker brushes and a more dense application of pigments.

Girl with a White Dog, 1950-1, Copyright: Tate: Purchased 1952 © Tate, London 2012

Lucian Freud Portraits, curated by Sarah Howgate, the National Portrait Gallery’s Curator of Contemporary Portraits, runs from February 9th until May 27th 2012 in the Wolfson Gallery and the Ground Floor Lerner Galleries at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
 Admission is £14.

The source of this article is NPG.

written by webo29 on 2012-02-13 in #news #national-portrait-gallery #2012 #london #paintings #freud #portraits

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