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09 Feb 2012

Lucian Freud at NPG

Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 9 February – 27 May 2012.

“Produced in close collaboration with the late Lucian Freud, the exhibition concentrates on particular periods and groups of sitters which illustrate Freud’s stylistic development and technical virtuosity. Insightful paintings of the artist’s lovers, friends and family, referred to by the artist as the ‘people in my life’, will demonstrate the psychological drama and unrelenting observational intensity of his work.

Featuring 130 works from museums and private collections throughout the world, some of which have never been seen before, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience the work of one of the world’s greatest artists.” (from the NPG website)

“I met Antonia [Fraser] to go to the Freud for a second time. She lived just round the corner from him and he had painted Harold [Pinter] but the portrait was never finished. So off we went round the exhibition where virtually none of the portraits were identified, just a man or a woman, but there was Elizabeth Cavendish, Andrew and Debo Devonshire, Jane Willoughby, Blindy Lambton, Andrew Parker-Bowles, etc.”

Diary of Sir Roy Strong, 19 March 2012, published in Types and Shadows: The Roy Strong Diaries 1004-2015, London 2020, p.253