Royal Academy, Lon­don Show­ing from: 27 Oc­to­ber 2019 – 26 Jan­uary 2020

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Lu­cian Freud: The Self-por­traits at the Royal Academy, Lon­don, will be the first ex­hi­bi­tion to fo­cus on the cel­e­brated artist’s vis­ceral and un­flinch­ing self­por­traits. With more than 50 paint­ings, prints and draw­ings the ex­hi­bi­tion shows a mod­ern master of Bri­tish art turn­ing an un­flinch­ing eye firmly on him­self.

Ex­e­cuted over al­most seven decades on can­vas and pa­per, the works chart Freud’s (1922-2011) artis­tic de­vel­op­ment: from his early, more lin­ear and graphic works to the fleshier painterly style that be­came the hall­mark of his later work. The ma­jor­ity of the works are from pri­vate col­lec­tions and a num­ber have not been seen pub­licly for sev­eral decades.

Be­tween 2002 and 2003 Freud painted two of his fi­nal self-por­traits. Som­bre in mood, they show him now in his 80s, clutch­ing his scarf and rest­ing his chin on his hand, his face gaunt and built up with thick lay­ers of paint.

Freud’s por­traits chart a life’s jour­ney, from young boy to old man, in what was ef­fec­tively an on­go­ing study into the process of age­ing and the changes it in­flicted on his own physical form. Few other artists in the 20th cen­tury have por­trayed themselves with such con­sis­tency.

Lu­cian Freud’s self-por­trait, Re­flec­tion, 2002

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