Just around the corner of the National Portrait Gallery in London is a shop with a triggering slogan above their entrance: ‘Let’s fill this town with artists’ – an art material supplier called Cass Art. In February some galleries thought ‘Let’s fill this town with Lucian Freud’ as three galleries programmed an exhibition on the late artist’s work.
First of all there is the ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’ show at the National Portrait Gallery, which coincides with ‘Lucian Freud: Studio Life’ – a series of photographs by David Dawson exhibited at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert gallery. Dawson was Freud’s assistant and he recorded the daily goings on in the studio, offering glimpses of portrait sittings and paintings in progress. Blain Southern (Mayfair) presents ‘Lucian Freud Drawings’, a show consisting of more than 100 drawings made by the artist encompassing more than 7o years of his oeuvre.
Also, Christie’s will have an auction in February of Freud’s work: ‘The Printer’s Proof: Etchings by Lucian Freud from the Studio Prints archive’ that comprises 44 lots. Sotheby’s evening auction of Contemporary Art will include five drawings by the late artist.
In this post some of Freud’s work, which can be seen at the Christie’s viewing that aptly demonstrates what a friend of the artist, Bruce Bernard, wrote about his work: “a deepened sense – far beyond the scope of a photograph or any other medium – of how certain human beings looked and felt in the second half of the Twentieth Century.”
Also: One of Freud’s models, Martin Gayford, gave us a private tour to the exhibition Lucian Freud ‘Portrait’ at the National Portrait Gallery