Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits

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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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