Opening at the Royal Academy of Arts on 27th October 2019, Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits will be the first exhibition to focus on the celebrated artist’s visceral and unflinching self-portraits. With works spanning over 70 years, the exhibition will showcase around 50 pieces that reveal Freud’s artistic development throughout his lifetime (1922 – 2011), both on canvas and on paper.
The exhibition will reveal Freud’s unexpected and wide-ranging exploration of the self-portrait with iconic works including Man with a Feather, 1943 (Private Collection) alongside his late work Self-portrait, Reflection, 2002 (Private Collection). This exciting exhibition will also feature the artist’s early sketches and drawings, works from his transition to and from sitting down with an easel and finally a collection of unfinished pieces.
Born in Berlin in 1922 to Ernst L. Freud and the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Freud’s family moved to Britain in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. In 1939 he attended the East Anglian School of Painting, after enrolling for only a short time at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London the previous year. Freud moved to London in 1943 and over the next few years he became closely involved with the London arts scene, forming a particularly close friendship with Francis Bacon. In 1944 Freud was given his first solo show at the Lefevre Gallery in London. Freud’s early career as a painter was influenced by surrealism, but by the early 1950s his paintings had transitioned towards realism and drawing became less prevalent.
Few other artists in the 20th century have portrayed themselves with such consistency and as one of the most celebrated 20th century artists, this exhibition is going to be a spectacular highlight in London’s art calendar.
Dates and Opening Hours:
Open to public: Sunday 27th October 2019 – Sunday 26th January 2020
Daily: 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)
Tickets are £18.00 per person and are available here.