Lucian Freud  (British, 1922-2011) 

Lucian Freud (British, 1922–2011) is an artist best known for his unique realist treatment of nudes and impressive portraits. Lucian, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, was born in Berlin, but he escaped the rising Nazism in 1933 and went to England, where he became a citizen in 1939. Between 1938 and 1943, Freud studied at the Central School of Art and at the Goldsmith’s College in London, as well as at the East Anglican School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham. After serving in the British Navy during WWII, he began to pursue his career as an artist full-time. Freud established a formidable reputation after winning a prize at the Festival of Britain in 1951 for his Interior at Paddington, and reached international renown for his work in the Venice Biennale in 1954.

His life-long, early established, focus were portraits and nudes, which he often depicted in arresting close-up. His early work was meticulously painted, and so he has sometimes been described as a Realist artist, but the subjectivity and intensity of his work has always set him apart from the sober tradition characterized by British figurative post-war art. As an emerging painter, Freud was heavily influenced by British artist Francis Bacon's disruptive smear and portrayal of the innate perversity of the human existence. Like Bacon, Freud succeeded in turning his models' bodies into a painterly residue, recognizably human but still grossly material. His later paintings, from the late 1950s on, feature even broader and more expressive brushstrokes, and include series of portraits of Freud’s friends and family, exhibiting his closest relationships. Freud passed away in London at the age of 88.

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Lucian Freud, Head of Ali


Lucian Freud
Head of Ali

Lucian Freud, Blond Girl


Lucian Freud
Blond Girl

Lucian Freud, Ib


Lucian Freud

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Lucian Freud, Donegal Man


Lucian Freud
Donegal Man

Acquavella Galleries
Lucian Freud, Untitled


Lucian Freud
Peach Editions
Lucian Freud, Young Man


Lucian Freud
Young Man
circa 1945

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Lucian Freud, Four Figures (Vier Figuren)


Lucian Freud
Four Figures (Vier Figuren)

Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH
Lucian Freud, Self Portrait


Lucian Freud
Self Portrait

Lucian Freud, Landscape


Lucian Freud

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Lucian Freud, After Chardin (Small Plate)


Lucian Freud
After Chardin (Small Plate), 2000


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Lucian Freud, Head of IB


Lucian Freud
Head of IB, 1988


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Lucian Freud, Bella


Lucian Freud
Bella, 1987


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1922   Born in Berlin, Germany
1931   Moved to England with his parents
1933 - 1938   Attended Dartington Hall School near Totnes, Devon then at Bryanston
1939   Acquired British nationality
1939 - 1942   Attended Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, UK
Studied at the East Anglican School of Painting and Drawing, Dedham under Cedric Morris
1951   Receives Purchase Prize from Arts Council of Great Britain for Interior in Paddington exhibited in Sixty Paintings for '51 as part of the Festival of Britain.
1949 - 1954   Visiting tutor at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
1993   Awarded the Order of Merit
2012   Lucian Freud: Drawings, Blain Southern, London (solo)
2010   Lucian Freud: L'Atelier, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
2008   Major Prints, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Small Format, Faggionato Fine Arts, London, UK
2007   Paiting Now! - Back to Figuration, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2006   Popart and after, Galerie Haas AG, Zurich, Switzerland
PAPER, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2005   Creative Tenison: British Art 1900-1950, The Fine Art Society, London, UK
2004   Lucian Freud: Etchings 1964-2004, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland (solo)
Matisee to Freud: A Critic’s Choice, The Alexander Walker Bequest, The British Museum, London, UK
Fresh Works on Paper, 5th Anniversary Exhibition, James Kelly Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM
Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, Linbudy Galleries, London, UK (catalogue)
2003   Lucian Freud: Drawings 1940, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Drawings 1940, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue) (solo)
Important Works on Paper & Ceramics, Rex Irwin, Sydney, Australia
Portraiture, Karyn Love Grove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002   Lucian Freud, Tate Britain, London, UK; traveled to Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue) (solo)
Lucian Freud: Prints, Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
The Nude in Twentieth Century Art, Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany
2001   Lucian Freud, Naked Portraits, Works from the 1940s to the 1990s, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 100 Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
2000   Etchings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue) (solo)
Lucian Freud: Recent Work, 1997-2000, Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, NY (catalogue) (solo)
A New Painting, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
Twentieth-Century Art, Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York, NY
La Mirada Fuerte: Pintura Figurativa de Londres, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
The School of London and Their Friends: The Collection of Elaine and Melvin Merians, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT; traveled to Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (catalogue)
Encounters: New Art from Old, National Gallery, London, UK (catalogue)
Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Blaine Fine Art, London, UK (catalogue)
1999   Lucian Freud, Etchings from the 1990s, Marlborough Graphics, Ltd., London, UK (catalogue) (solo)
Lucian Freud, Etchings from the Paine Webber Art Collection, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT; traveled to Museumof Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue) (solo)
Regarding Beauty, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; traveled to Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (catalogue)
1998   Lucian Freud, Some New Paintings, Tate Gallery, London, UK (catalogue) (solo)
Lucian Freud, Paintings and Drawings, Theo Waddington Fine Art, London, UK (solo)
L’Ecole de Londres: de Bacon á Bevan, Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol, Paris, France; traveled to Santiago de Compostella, Spain; and Vienna (catalogue)
Sargent to Freud: Modern British Painting and Drawing in the Beaverbrook Art Collection, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; traveled to Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK; and Canada House, London, UK (catalogue)
1997   Lucian Freud, Early Works, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK (catalogue) (solo)
Lucian Freud, Radierungen, Rubenspreis der Stadt Siegen, Haus Orienstrasse-Adolf-Sänger-Stiftung, Ausstellungsforum des Siegerlandmuseums, Siegen, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
1996   Thinking Print: From Books to Billboards, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1987 - 1988   Retrospective exhibition organised by the British Council at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; traveled to Paris, France, London, UK, and Berlin, Germany
1974   Lucian Freud: Retrospective, Arts Council of Great Britain at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK
1954   Represented Britain at the 27th Venice Biennale of Art with Ben Nicholson and Francis Bacon, Venice, Italy
1944   First one-man exhibition at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London, UK
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada
  Museo Botero, Bogota, Colombia
  Tate Britain, London, UK
  National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL