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Lucian Freud

(1922-2011), Artist

Sitter in 42 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born in Berlin, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who moved to England at the age of ten. Freud studied at Central School of Art and then the East Anglian School of Painting (1939-42) under Cedric Morris. His first one-man exhibition was at the Lefevre Gallery in 1944. In 1951 Freud won the Arts Council prize at the Festival of Britain and in 1954 his work was shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Freud is celebrated for his clinically raw and intensely observed portrait. His powerful portraits and nudes have kept him at the forefront of British figurative art for more than half a century. Freud was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.

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Girl in Bed, by Lucian Freud - NPG L258

Girl in Bed

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1952
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L258

Lucian Freud, by Lucian Freud - NPG 5205

Lucian Freud

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1963
NPG 5205

Lucian Freud, by Lucian Freud - NPG 7019

Lucian Freud

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, circa 1985
NPG 7019

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Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild ('Man in a Chair')

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1989
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L201

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