Lucian Freud: Real Lives
24/07–16/01/22 – Tate Liverpool
This summer will be the first time in over 30 years that works of Lucian Freud have been put on display in the North West. Tate Liverpool will host a significant presentation of the artist’s work, a painter who has long been considered a master of modern portraiture. The exhibition will feature some of Freud’s most iconic paintings as well as photographs that provide an insight into his personal life.
Lucian Freud: Real Lives highlights the artist’s sitters who were family members, friends, other artists and lovers. The display tracks the personal and artistic life of Freud who was regarded as deeply private and guarded. Through his work, we get to know the artist over a career spanning more than 60 years.
Freud’s paintings are classed as unapologetic and frank celebrations of the human form. The Tate exhibition will include some of his most celebrated works including portraits of performance artist Leigh Bowery, his first wife Kitty Garman, friend and studio assistance David Dawson and his mother Lucie Freud. The show also provides a rare opportunity to take in all of Freud’s work within the Tate collection, including Girl with a Kitten (1947) and Girl with a White Dog (1950-1).
The display will feature examples of Freud’s etchings which demonstrate some of his early experiments in the 1940s. As well as some of the large and complex compositions the artist created in the early 1980s when he rediscovered the medium. Freud typically depicted the same sitters in both printmaking and paint form and so the exhibition gives a great insight into his mastery of the mediums.
Alongside Freud’s artwork, there will be a selection of photographs on display which will reveal more about his work and life and how intertwined the two were. The photos include Cecil Beaton’s image of Freud in the 1950s at the start of his career and later images of him in the early 1990s and 2010, which show Freud working in his studio with his sitters, giving a rare glimpse into the artist at work.
Image: Lucian Freud, Girl with a White Dog 1950-1 © Tate