Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits
Oct 27, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Lucian Freud, Reflection with Two Children (Self-portrait), 1965

In a world first, we unite Lucian Freud’s self-portraits in one extraordinary exhibition. See more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turns his unflinching eye firmly on himself.

One of the most celebrated portraitists of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

 

Lucian Freud, Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985

Lucian Freud, Interior with Plant, Reflection Listening, (Self-portrait), 1967-68

Lucian Freud, Self-portrait, Reflection, 2002

Spanning nearly seven decades, his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter – from his earliest portrait, painted in 1939, to his final one executed 64 years later. They trace the fascinating evolution from the linear graphic works of his early career to the fleshier, painterly style he became synonymous with.

When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the process of aging. Confronting his self-image anew with each work, he depicted himself in youth as the Greek hero Acteon, in sombre reflection later in life and fittingly, for the great painter of 20th century nudes, naked aged 71 but for a pair of unlaced boots.

 

Lucian Freud, Man with a Feather, 1943

Lucian Freud, Hand Mirror on Chair, 1966

Lucian Freud, Painter Working, Reflection, 1993 / Interior with Hand Mirror (Self-Portrait), 1967

Lucian Freud, Hotel Bedroom, 1954

When asked if he was a good model for himself Freud replied, “No, I don’t accept the information that I get when I look at myself, that’s where the trouble starts.” It is precisely this “trouble” that makes Freud’s self-portraits so intensely compelling – and makes this an unmissable chance to see a life’s work in one show.

Exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits
October 27, 2019 – January 26, 2020 / Royal Academy of Arts, London
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