CategoriesArt & Architecture PAINTER'S PROGRESS - A PORTRAIT OF LUCIAN FREUD


PAINTER'S PROGRESS - A PORTRAIT OF LUCIAN FREUD

DAVID DAWSON    Book Number: 81325    Product format: Hardback

The photographer David Dawson was Lucian Freud's assistant and model in the later years of his life, and this collection is an extraordinary photographic record of Freud at work, including shots of the painter at his easel, his studio walls daubed with paint and messages, surrounded by half-finished canvases. The rest of Freud's 18th century house is furnished in elegant style, with the paintings on the walls providing an indicator of Freud's taste: portraits by Corot and Auerbach and bronzes by Degas and Rodin. Freud was introduced to Frank Auerbach by Francis Bacon and the two became close friends: when Freud was close to finishing a painting he would invite Auerbach round to give his verdict. Freud is seen visiting other people's houses, for instance Grimsthorpe Castle and Badminton House, home of the Duke of Beaufort, a childhood friend. Among his well-known sitters are David Hockney, the Queen, and Andrew Parker-Bowles. Perhaps the most fascinating shots, however, show Freud's work in progress as he paints his models, many of them nude, with the finished product demonstrating Freud's superb mastery of skin tone. "When someone is naked there is in effect nothing to be hidden … In a way I don't want the painting to come from me. I want it to come from them." His garden was also a favourite subject, and his thin, elegant dog Pluto appears in many portraits and photos. Freud had a love of horses and Dawson arranged to him to set up his easel in some nearby stables. A wonderful portrait of a wonderful painter. 274pp, hundreds of photos.
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ISBN 9780224097123
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