In what will be a world-first, the Royal Academy of Arts will be showing all of Lucian Freud's self-portraits in a single exhibition.
The exhibition will include more than fifty paintings, prints and drawings in which Freud turned his eye firmly on himself. Covering a span of nearly seventy years, these self-portraits give the viewer a fascinating insight into not just his evolving painting style, but also his complicated psyche.
The early pictures are drawn with a linear, almost graphic-like style, whilst the later ones are done in his much fleshier, thickly-layered style that we most regularly associate him with now.
When seen all together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the process of ageing. In his youth he seemed to portray himself as a Greek hero, whilst in his later years he wasn't afraid to show himself aged and naked.
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Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts – 21 Sep to 19 Dec 2019 – A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work, both old and new
Eco-Visionaries at the Royal Academy – 24 Nov 2019 to 23 Feb 2020 – Eco-Visionaries will show how artists and architects are helping to fight climate change with their innovative new designs
Turner Prize winner, Mark Leckey – 24 Sep 2019 to 5 Jan 2020 – Discover how technology has been changing British culture through the work of Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey
Nam June Paik — The Future Is Now – 17 Oct 2019 to 9 Feb 2020 – Nam June Paik's pioneering use of video and media images will be explored in a major new retrospective at the Tate Modern
Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery – 23 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – A major retrospective of Bridget Riley's work, including her iconic black-and-white paintings and colour canvases
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If you enjoy Royal Academy of Arts then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Temple), National Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross), Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street)