The first biography of the epic lifetime of probably the most essential, enigmatic and personal artists of the 20 th century. Drawn from nearly 40 years of conversations with the artist, letters and papers, this can be a prime paintings written via a well known British artwork critic. 

Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is without doubt one of the such a lot influential figurative painters of the 20 th century. His {artwork paintings} are in each and every prime museum and lots of non-public collections right here and in another country. William Feaver’s day by day calls from 1973 till Freud died in 2011, in addition to interviews with friends and family have been a very powerful resources for this ebook.Freud had ferocious power, labored day and night time however his circle used to be extensive together with no longer simply different well known artists however writers, bluebloods, royals in England and Europe, drag queens, type fashions gamblers, bookies and gangsters just like the Kray twins. Fierce, rebellious, charismatic, extraordinarily guarded approximately his existence, he used to be witty, mischievous and a womanizer.
    This brilliantly researched and smartly written ebook starts with the Freuds’ existence in Berlin, the upward thrust of Hitler and the circle of relatives’s get away to London in 1933 while Lucian used to be 10. Sigmund Freud used to be his grandfather and Ernst, his father used to be an architect. In London in his twenties, his first solo display used to be in 1944 on the Lefevre Gallery. Round this time, Stephen Spender offered him to Virginia Woolf, at night time he used to be taking Pauline Tennant to the Gargoyle Membership, owned via her father and frequented via Dylan Thomas; he used to be additionally assembly Sonia Orwell, Cecil Beaton, Auden, Patrick Leigh-Fermor and the Aly Khan, and his muse used to be a married femme fatale, 13 years older, Lorna Wishart. Nevertheless it used to be Francis Baron Verulam who might turn into his such a lot essential affect and the painters Frank Auerbach and David Hockney, shut buddies.
    On Freud’s first shuttle to Paris in 1946 he met the artists Picasso, Giacometti, Andre Breton, Alexander Calder and Balthus. Subsequent used to be a shuttle to Greece then journeys to the south of France with the Graham Sutherlands. Extra presentations adopted in London and Paris and Kenneth Clark attempted to shop for a portray in 1947 for the Tate, Alfred Barr did purchase one for MoMa in 1948, the yr Freud married his first spouse Kitty Garman Epstein, the daughter of the well-known sculptor, Jacob Epstein. In 1952 he eloped with Woman Caroline Blackwood to Paris the place they married in 1953; there have been ladies from the primary marriage however he had twelve different kids from his many liasons. 
    That is a particularly intimate, energetic and wealthy portrait of the artist, stuffed with gossip and tales mentioned via Freud to Feaver approximately other folks, encounters, and paintings. Freud’s artwork used to be his existence—”my paintings is only autobiographical”—and he on a regular basis painted best circle of relatives, buddies, enthusiasts, kids, regardless that there have been exceptions just like the well-known small portrait of the Queen. Together with his later photos, the topics have been regularly nude, names have been by no means given and sittings may take as much as 16 months, each and every consultation lasting 5 hours however topics have been infrequently bored as Freud used to be an excellent raconteur and mimic. This ebook is an enormous success, a excursion de pressure that unearths the main points of the existence and innermost emotions of the best portrait painter of our time. Quantity I has 41 black and white built-in pictures, and 2 8-web page colour inserts.