In 1964 Lucian Freud set his students at the Norwich College of Art an assignment: to paint naked self-portraits and to make them 'revealing, telling, believable... really shameless'. It was advice that the artist was often to follow himself.
Visceral, unflinching and often nude, Freud's self-portraits give us an insight into the development of his style as a painter. The works provide the viewer with a constant reminder of the artist's overwhelming presence, whether he is confronting the viewer directly or only present as a shadow or in a reflection. Essays by leading authorities - including those who knew him well - explore Freud's life and work, and analyse the importance of self-portraiture in his practice and the intensity that he maintained when studying his own.
Over de auteurs:
David Dawson studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. He met Lucian Freud soon after he had completed his MA, became his friend and worked as his studio assistant. Joseph Leo Koerner (1958) is an American art historian and filmmaker. He is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Jasper Sharp (1975) is an art historian and curator. Since 2006 he is the Adjunct Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Sebastian Smee is an Australian-born Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for the Washington Post.
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