Lucian Freud
The only comprehensive retrospective on one of the great painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries
Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud


With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud


Martin Gayford, Edited by David Dawson and Mark Holborn


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Price: USD$500.00

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud was one of the most significant artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and Phaidon is honoured to publish the most complete retrospective of his career to date.

This sumptuous, definitive set is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between David Dawson – Director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend – author Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.

Their collaboration has resulted in a book that goes beyond the work to reveal insights into the man himself. Gayford describes Freud’s determination always to tell the truth about what he was recording in paint. He believed in a found beauty, not one that was imagined by an artist and then imposed on his subject. He painted what he saw, in exquisite detail, and he found it beautiful.

With more than 480 illustrations, Phaidon celebrates that beauty – evoked in portraits of Freud’s friends and family, his lovers, his neighbours, and others whose looks he liked, from his bookmaker to a bank robber.

This is both a vital contribution to art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to the bookshelves of art lovers around the world.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: 2-volume Set
Size: 353 x 273 mm (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in)
Pages: 616 pp
Illustrations: 486 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875262

Martin Gayford is a writer and art critic for The Spectator magazine. He sat for a portrait by Freud in 2003-5, an experience he recounted in Man with a Blue Scarf (2010).

Painter David Dawson is represented by Marlborough Fine Art, London. He was Freud's assistant from 1991 until his death, and a frequent model for his paintings.

Mark Holborn is an editor, designer, and writer who has worked with many leading artists over the last 30 years.

"His charisma was crucial to his method. It was what made his models bear happily the long ordeal of sitting for him, and therefore what afforded Freud the opportunity to observe his subjects at length - picking up on every twitch of a facial muscle, every iteration of how a subcutaneous layer of thigh fat bulged through a sitter's skin."—David Kamp, Vanity Fair

"He succeeds in doing what very few artists have ever done - to somehow suggest the many layers of contradictory experiences and impulses that go into the make-up of a flawed, human, and highly complex man."—Richard Dormont, Telegraph

"Stark and revealing... Recast the art of portraiture and offered a new approach to figurative art."—New York Times

"The original, unnerving, sustained artistic achievement of Lucian Freud... had at its heart a wilful, restless personality, fired by his intelligence and attentiveness and his suspicion of method, never wanting to risk doing the same thing twice."—Guardian

"A comprehensive look at the work of Lucian Freud, with beautiful new photography and access to his private correspondence and unfinished final works."—HouseandGarden.co.uk

"A massive, two-volume monograph... Shin[es] a spotlight on his early work... [and] includes work from Freud's entire career."—Bloomberg.com

"This fall I'm looking forward to [...] indulging in a Freudian fantasy thanks to a very special two-volume book celebrating British artist Lucian Freud - who painted an iconic nude of the ultimate figure of desire, Kate Moss, in 2002 - and his work from the 1930s to his death in 2011."—Porter

"[A] major new monograph on the artist."—Artsy

"A massive, two-volume monograph... shin[es] a spotlight on his early work... [and] includes work from Freud's entire career."—Bloomberg

"Hundreds of rarely seen works in two massive volumes... Excellent."—Departures

"With nearly 500 illustration to make its case, this publication is the most comprehensive survey of Lucian Freud's artistic achievements to date – and looks set to reinforce his primacy amongst post-war painters."—Apollo Magazine

"Hundreds of rarely seen works in two massive volumes... Excellent."—Bloomberg Businessweek

"Exquisite."—Tatler.com

"There should still be room on my coffee table for a handsome new picture book or two – and a double-volume set on Lucian Freud reproduces many rarely seen early works. Thoughtfully selected by artist David Dawson, one-time model and assistant to Freud, and narrated by Martin Gayford, it will undoubtedly prove popular."—Vanity Fair on Art

"Stunning... Sure to delight those in search of a full picture of the artist's output."—Artists & Illustrators

"An elegant two-volume, slip-cased monograph that celebrates artist Lucian Freud's many-decade-spanning career."—Publishers Weekly

"Stunning... Sure to delight those in search of a full picture of the artist's output."—Artists & Illustrators

Two beautifully produced, cloth-bound hardcover volumes, presented in an elegant slipcase

"Stark and revealing... Recast the art of portraiture and offered a new approach to figurative art." —New York Times

"A massive, two-volume monograph... shin[es] a spotlight on his early work... [and] includes work from Freud's entire career." —Bloomberg

"The original, unnerving, sustained artistic achievement of Lucian Freud... had at its heart a wilful, restless personality, fired by his intelligence and attentiveness and his suspicion of method, never wanting to risk doing the same thing twice." —Guardian

"Hundreds of rarely seen works in two massive volumes... Excellent." —Departures
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