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Royal Academy of Arts

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Hardcover, 9 x 10.25 in. / 160 pgs / 130 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 21   

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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

London, UK
Royal Academy of Arts, 10/27/19–01/26/20

Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 02/22/20–05/25/20

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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

Text by David Dawson, Joseph Koerner, Jasper Sharp, Sebastian Smee.

 Lucian Freud, "Interior with Plant, Reflection Listening, (Self-portrait)," 1967–68. Oil on canvas, 47.9 x 47.9”. Private collection. © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The artist stripped bare by himself: Lucian Freud’s self-portraits redefine the genre

In 1964 Lucian Freud set his students at the Norwich College of Art an assignment: to paint naked self-portraits and to make them “revealing, telling, believable ... really shameless.” It was advice that the artist was often to follow himself. Visceral, unflinching and often nude, Freud’s self-portraits chart his biography and give us an insight into the development of his style.

These paintings provide the viewer with a constant reminder of the artist’s overwhelming presence, whether he is confronting the viewer directly or only present as a shadow or in a reflection. Freud’s exploration of the self-portrait is unexpected and wide-ranging. In this volume, essays by leading authorities, including those who knew him, explore Freud’s life and work, and analyze the importance of self-portraiture in his practice.

Lucian Freud was born in Germany in 1922, and permanently relocated to London in 1933 during the ascent of the Nazi regime. After seeing brief service during World War II, Freud had his first solo exhibition in 1944 at the Alex Reid & Lefevre Gallery in London. Despite exhibiting only occasionally over the course of his career, Freud's 1995 portrait Benefits Supervisor Sleeping was sold at auction, at Christie's New York in May 2008, for $33.6 million, setting a world record for sale value of a painting by a living artist. Freud died in London in 2011.


Lucian Freud, "Interior with Plant, Reflection Listening, (Self-portrait)," 1967–68. Oil on canvas, 47.9 x 47.9”. Private collection. © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

New York Times

Farah Nayeri

In the end, it is the painting that mattered most. 'I dont want to retire,' he once said. 'I want to paint myself to death.' And that's more or less what he did: It wasnt until two weeks before his death that he finally laid his brush to rest.

Financial Times

Jackie Wullschläger

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits...is unprecedented: a celebration, and an enigma--of time, change, the leitmorifs of a life distilled on canvas.

Guardian

Adrian Searle

Hell isn’t only other people. One must include oneself and one’s body in this comedy of errors and terrors and that’s what Freud does.

Telegraph

Alastair Smart

Freud liked to take a long, hard look at himself--and more often than not, the results are stunning.

The Times

Nancy Durrant

[Lucian Freud's] portraits will capture the evolution of an artist as he moved from the exactitude of a youthful style towards an ever freer, looser and more overtly painterly technique. They will show us a human being who, through long self-contemplation, captures the frank truth about flesh as it ages.

Guardian

Rachel Cooke

Freud’s self-portraits...are all sorts of things: tender, witty, experimental and – yes, that dread word – visceral. To walk around this show is to be powerfully aware both of his intense single-mindedness – the sheer quality of his concentration – and of his abiding fascination with the idea of the shifting, slippery self; the experience is a little like being watched. But if some red thread does link them, it is surely this inescapable menace.

Frieze

Chloë Ashby

This is an artist who delights in confronting human flaws – both other people’s and his own.

Time Out New York

Eddy Frankel

Freud painted a human truth that no one wants to confront, and that’s why his ugliness is so goddamn beautiful.

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

STATUS: Forthcoming | 12/17/2019

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LUCIAN FREUD MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

LUCIAN FREUD: THE SELF-PORTRAITS

Text by David Dawson, Joseph Koerner, Jasper Sharp, Sebastian Smee.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781912520060
USD $45.00
| CAN $62

Pub Date: 12/17/2019
Forthcoming


Lucian Freud: Closer

LUCIAN FREUD: CLOSER

Foreword by Gereon Sievernich. Introduction by Mary Rozell. Text by Richard Cork, Anders Kold.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775743112
USD $55.00
| CAN $72.5

Pub Date: 9/26/2017
Active | In stock


Lucian Freud: A Closer Look

LUCIAN FREUD: A CLOSER LOOK

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

ISBN: 9788792877437
USD $35.00
| CAN $47.5

Pub Date: 3/22/2016
Active | In stock



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