Created in collaboration with the Lucian Freud Archive this sumptuous, two-volume, slipcased publication celebrates the career of one of the greatest portraitists of recent art history. Born in Berlin in 1922, Freud and his family moved from Germany to London in 1933 to escape the Nazi regime. His career as an artist began in his teenage years in the late 1930s and lasted until his death in 2011; in the words of the writer and critic, Martin Gayford, this “was one of the great marathon performances of art history.” This extraordinary longevity resulted in hundreds of paintings, drawings, sketches and etchings, a vast range of which are gathered together in this the most complete publication to date on the artist. Lucian Freud contains more than 480 illustrations, chronologically arranged to reveal the artist’s work and development of his oeuvre over his nine decades of life. Nearly all the artworks included have been newly photographed by celebrated British photographer John Riddy.
Edited by Mark Holborn. Lucian Freud features specially commissioned essays by the writer and critic Martin Gayford, who himself sat for portraits by Freud, as documented in Gayford’s book ‘Man With the Blue Scarf’. The introduction gives an overview of Freud’s life and career, the gures who played a signi cant role in his professional development and his achievements and his place within the history of modern art, while the chapter essays consider his career in detail, decade by decade revealing the intricacies of Freud’s practice and the changes in his oeuvre in each period. Lucian Freud also includes private letters, his last, unfinished painting, his final, unprinted etching plate and his rarest etching - of which only one print exists - published here for the first time.
Text by Martin Gayford, edited by David Dawson and Mark Holborn Edition of 3,450 Hardcover two-volume set in slipcase, 616pp, 486 colour illustrations Book size: 14 x 10 3/4 in / 35.3 cm x 27.3 cm