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‘ ALL TOO HU­MAN: BA­CON, FREUD AND A CEN­TURY OF PAINT­ING LIFE’ AT TATE BRI­TAIN

‘ I want the paint to work as flesh does,’ Lu­cien Freud said in 2009. In this block­buster show of Bri­tish por­trait painters, it is star­tlingly clear that he – and his peers, who in­cluded Frank Auer­bach and Paula Rego – achieved this de­mand­ing aim. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Lon­don’s Mill­bank be­fore 27 Au­gust when the ex­hi­bi­tion closes (tate.org.uk) – the show’s cu­ra­tor, Elena Crippa, has writ­ten a book ex­plor­ing how, where, when and why these artists painted the hu­man form so en­gag­ingly (£25, Tate Pub­lish­ing).

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