Gallery outing to see the fantastic “Lucian Freud - New Perspectives” exhibition
1. Man with a feather (self-portrait), 1943. This early portrait shows Freud’s interest in small delicate detail, eg the brickwork on the house – very different to his use of thick impasto paint (a style for which he is probably better known).
2. David Hockney, 2002. In 2002, two titans of British art came together in a private exchange between artist and sitter. After more than a hundred hours of sittings, this portrait of David Hockney provides a fascinating window into the narrative of a long episodic friendship that had started forty years earlier.
3. Large interior, Notting Hill, 1998. Due to the model running late (Freud wasn’t a very patient artist!), her head was replaced by that of the artist’s male assistant, which explains how a man is caught in the act of breastfeeding.
4. The Brigadier, 2003-4. This huge portrait depicts an English military man in full regalia, metals proudly on his chest. Steeped in the traditions of military portrayals, this is a resolutely contemporary painting by Freud’s legendary attention to detail and lucid brushstrokes. It evokes the spirit of the grand military portraits that populate art history, notably the luscious red stripe which is so evocative of Manet.
5. Double portrait, 1985-6. A lovely moment caught of Freud’s daughter and their whippet Pluto.
6. in glorious ☀️