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Time Out reflects on artist Lucian Freud ahead of National Portrait Gallery retrospective in 2012

Posted at 5:00 pm, July 22, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Lucian Freud paints the Queen, David Dawson, Lucian Freud, 2001 © Crown Copyright: UK Government Art CollectionPainter Lucian Freud spanned the 20th century like no other British artist. Born in Berlin in 1922, the grandson of Sigmund Freud moved to England in 1932, epitomising the painterly postwar return to realism of The School of London. A constant, shadowy presence on the London art scene for over 60 years, he seemed perpetually to inhabit the halflight of his own pictures: always seemingly either on his way to or from that famous garret studio, where he slaved away heroically in front of his patient sitters for days and months on end, forging their flesh from oil pigment and hog hair brushes.

For obituary, see Lucian Freud Portraits listing.

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