1 portrait matching 'NPG 5205'
by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1963
12 in. x 9 7/8 in. (305 mm x 251 mm)
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This is the last of three self-portraits painted in quick succession in 1963. By this time, the artist's technique had developed from being meticulously detailed to a more broadly painted, expressive style. Here, Freud's squinting gaze is arresting in its directness, but his features are abstracted into painterly swathes of flesh-colour. The portrait is entitled Man's Head (Self-portrait III).
The following year, inspired by his own recent attempts to capture his own likeness, Freud caused a scandal when he set his students at Norwich College of Art an assignment to paint their own naked self-portrait which, he asserted, was ‘the most revealing, telling and believable object.’
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- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 127
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 119
- Howgate, Sarah (introduction) Auping, Michael (appreciation) Richardson, John (appreciation), Lucian Freud: Portraits, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 28 May 2012), p. 97
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 231
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 225