Lucian Freud (b. 1922)


Lucian Freud was born in Berlin in 1922, a grandson of Sigmund Freud. His family moved to London in 1931 and acquired British nationality in 1939. He served in the British Navy during World War II, and since then has worked full time as a painter. His earliest love was drawing, and he began to work full time as an artist after being invalided out of the Merchant Navy in 1942.

In 1951, his Interior at Paddington (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) won a prize at the Festival of Britain. Freud’s work pays close attention to detail which has led him to be described as a realist, but his is not simply a figurative artist in the mainstream British tradition since the Second World War. Freud’s paintings are very strong and often use dynamic brushwork to add depth and texture to what could be otherwise harrowingly true to life portraits of nude models. 

Freud's approach to his subjects, like Francis Bacon, is subjective and intense, placing him more in the Expressionist tradition. There is always an emotional tension in his work, whether he be painting models, friends, or family members.

“The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement really”

Lucian Freud lives and works in London.

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