Artists Lucian Freud

    Dead Birds on a Bamboo Table, 1944
    Watercolour, gouache and pen and black ink on buff paper
    65 x 50 cm. (25.5 x 19.75 in.)

    Dead Birds on a Bamboo Table, 1944
    Watercolour, gouache and pen and black ink on buff paper
    65 x 50 cm. (25.5 x 19.75 in.)

Lucian Freud (born Berlin, 1922, died London, 2011) is one of the most celebrated figures in contemporary British painting. Universally acknowledged as the portraitist of his era, his unnerving and intensely psychological approach to those fortunate enough to sit for him is often compared to the work of Rembrandt. This penetrative gaze, tender at times but often brutally exposing, is the focal point around which his painterly style constantly evolved. Freud’s most widely recognised sitters encompass a cross-section of British society - from Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon, to Kate Moss, HM The Queen and his family. Less well-known, but equally as captivating, are his etchings and still-life drawings. Freud represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of 1954 alongside Francis Bacon, and his work is included in numerous museum and notable private collections around the world.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wein: ‘Lucian Freud’

National Portrait Gallery, London: ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’
(travelled to Fort Worth Museum, Dallas)

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: ‘Lucian Freud, L’atelier’

MoMA, New York: ‘The Painters Etchings’

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin: ‘Lucian Freud’
(travelled to Louisiana, Denmark and Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Netherlands.)

Museo Correr, Venice: ‘Lucian Freud’ 

Wallace Collection, London: ‘Recent Work’

Tate Britain, London: ‘Lucian Freud’
(travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

Tate, London: ‘Lucian Freud: Some New Paintings’

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London: ‘Recent Work’
(travelled to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.)

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome: ‘Lucian Freud: Paintings and works on Paper’
(travelled to Tate Gallery, Liverpool then Japan and Australia)

Hirsthorn Museum, Washington DC: ‘Lucian Freud Retrospective’
(travelled to Musee Nationale d’Art Moderne, Paris, Haywood Gallery, London and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin)

Haywood Gallery, London: ‘Lucian Freud’

Great Britain Pavillion, 27th Venice Biennale, Venice

Further Reading

John Russell, Lucian Freud, exh. cat., Haywood Gallery, London 1974. 
Robert Hughes, Lucian Freud Paintings, British Council/Hirsthorn Museum, Washington DC and London 1987.
Nicholas Penny, Lucian Freud: Works on Paper, exh. cat., The South Bank Center, London 1988.
Craig Hartley, Lucian Freud: the Complete Etchings, 1946-91, London 1992.
William Feaver, Lucian Freud, New York 2011.
Catherine Lampert, Lucian Freud: Recent Work, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1993.
Sebastian Smee, Lucian Freud: 1996 – 2005, London 2005.
Bruce Bernard and David Dawson, Freud at Work: Photographs by Bruce Bernard and David Dawson, London 2006.

Jackie Wullschlager, “The Modern Master of Human Form,” Financial Times, 20 June 2005.
Sebastian Smee, “I Intend to Paint Myself to Death,” Sunday Telegraph, 19 May 2002.
Robert Hughes, “The Fat Lady Sings,” Times, 27 December 1993.
John Richardson, “Paint Becoming Flesh,” New Yorker,13 December 1993. 
Martin Gayford, “The Duke, the Photographer, His Wife and the Male Stripper,” Modern Painters, Autumn 1993. 
William Feaver, “Stranded Dinosaurs,” London Magazine, July-August, 1970. 

Public Collections

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
Hirsthorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
National Portrait Gallery, London.
Saatchi Gallery, London.
Tate Britain, London.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Wallace Collection, London.