Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery

The London National Portrait Gallery is currently hosting  the most ambitious exhibition of the work of Lucian Freud (1922–2011) for 10 years. The National Portrait Gallery’s show spans seven decades displayed chronologically and includes more than 100 paintings and works on paper loaned from museums and private collections throughout the world.

As told in the exhibition press release: « concentrating on particular periods and groups of sitters to show Freud’s stylistic development and technical virtuosity, the exhibition will include both iconic and rarely-seen portraits of the artist’s lovers, friends and family. A private man, Freud’s close relationship with his sitters was played out behind the closed door of the studio. Sitters represented in the exhibition include family members and artists such as Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Michael Andrews, John Minton and David Hockney, and the performance artist Leigh Bowery ».

Dead in July last year, grandson of Sigmund Freud, LucianFreud is considered as one of the greatest « contemporary » artists.

The show runs until May 27th 2012, it is top on my list for my next trip to London in late march!

Learn more on the National Portrait Gallery webiste:

Here are some highlights of the exhibition: