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Lucian Freud; Brendan Behan

18 of 41 portraits of Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud; Brendan Behan, by Daniel Farson, 1 August 1952 - NPG x22187 - © estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London

Lucian Freud; Brendan Behan

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1 August 1952
7 3/4 in. x 7 5/8 in. (196 mm x 193 mm) image size
Purchased, 1985
Photographs Collection
NPG x22187


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Sittersback to top

  • Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Writer and playwright. Sitter in 15 portraits.
  • Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Artist. Sitter in 41 portraits, Artist of 4 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist of 47 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Farson photographed painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and writer Brendan Behan (1923-64) in Dublin, a year after Freud had won the Arts Council prize at the Festival of Britain (1951) but before Behan was 'discovered beyond the city'.
Farson found Dublin to be 'even more carefree than Soho' and on the suggestion of Freud's friend John Ryan, he had an extended visit documenting Behan, financed, although never published by, Picture Post.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Gayford, Martin (introduction) Hockney, David (appreciation), Lucian Freud: Painting People, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 28 May 2012), p. 25
  • 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. 228

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