The deeply personal and evocative work of British figurative painter, Lucian Freud comes under the microscope in the North West this summer.
Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was a renowned 20th-century portraitist, known for his powerful depictions of people including some recognisable faces such as the artist Francis Bacon, painted in 1952, and the supermodel Kate Moss, painted 50 years later in 2002.
The exhibition will look at Freud’s entire career, from his early days under the influence of surrealism, to his later years presenting work that was unapologetically raw and rooted in realism. The breadth of work on display demonstrates how Freud’s work became more visceral and powerful overtime as he grew into the celebrated figurative painter he would become.
Despite his autobiographical work, Freud was known to be a very private person. As the subjects of his paintings often included family members, friends, lovers and children, they act like a window into the personal life of this private artist. This extensive exhibition marks the largest display of Freud’s work in the North West for over thirty years.