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“A smaller, more intimate look at [an] often intimidating artist. Martin Gayford, an art critic and friend of Freud, writes insightfully of the artist and his approach.”—Bob Duggan, Big Think (Bob Duggan Big Think)

About the Author

Martin Gayford is an art critic and writer. His books include Man with a Blue Scarf, which relates his experience of sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud. David Hockney is a painter, printmaker, and photographer, and author of Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. Sarah Howgate is curator of contemporary portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and author of David Hockney Portraits (Yale).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300182569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300182569
  • ASIN: 0300182562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2012
Lucian Freud has had as many books published about his work as almost any artist form the last century. That does not mean that there is not always room for more. Even when books such as this one are bound to replicate images found in the other catalogues of exhibitions of his work and monographs of his paintings and drawings, another stance is always valuable.

In this particularly elegant book there is a feeling of friendship, memories of a friend no longer with us, that comes through the essays by both art critic (and Freud model) Martin Gayford and artist (and Freud model) David Hockney. Their share insights into the art and the personality of Lucian Freud celebrates the grand stature he attained in his lifetime and extends into the present - and future.

The book is arranged chronologically (1940s to the time of his death in 1911) with the inclusion of fifty paintings and this proves not only fascinating to the viewer but instructive to the fellow representational artists painting today. A private man, Freud's close relationship with his sitters was played out behind the closed door of the studio. Among those represented in this book are members of his family - particularly his mother, Lucie - artists, such as Frank Auerbach, John Minton and David Hockney, and the performance artist Leigh Bowery and Bowery's friend Sue Tilley, immortalized by Freud in a series of monumental paintings in the 1990s.

Some of Freud's greatest masterpieces are in this well curated book (Sarah Howgate) and the presentation and accompanying dialogues form Hockney and Gayford make this a splendid monument to a great figurative artist. Grady Harp, February 12
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Schmitz on September 21, 2013
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For a small book, this is a good sampling of Freud's work. The reproductions are full page. I prefer larger art books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2013
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LAMBERT, Gilles. Caravaggio. Taschen. 2010. 96p, lots and lots of illus. $14.99.

HOWGATE, Sarah. Lucian Freud: Painting People, introd. Martin Gayford, apprec'n David Hockney. Yale. 2012. 96p, 68 color and 13 bxw illus. $15 (pb).

Art books don't have to be expensive to be good. As proof, you could do worse than look at these two books which I bought recently. Both are on painters who are technically adept but emotionally -and thus esthetically--disturbing, but both in interesting ways.
The monograph on Caravaggio was originally published in 2007 but was reissued to celebrate Taschen's twenty-fifth anniversary. Taschen can't be praised highly enough as an art press. Since its start, the press has published reasonable priced monographs, copiously illustrated, on a variety of artists, from Michelangelo to Basquiat. This is the first volume I've purchased from Taschen but I have my eye on several others already: Vermeer, Dix, Schiele...

The book is big enough -at almost 12 inches by 9.5 inches --to permit good-sized reproductions of whole paintings and drawings, as well as telling details of some of the paintings. There's a rich selection of paintings to look at, including many works by other painters whose paintings either influenced Caravaggio or who were in turn influenced by him. The text lays out the artist's strengths, also why his work was ignored for so many centuries. (The great art critic Bernard Berenson had serious reservations about his work.) Although he gained fame (and then lost it) during his own lifetime, he was by temperament an outlaw, truly perverse and willful beyond measure. He burned his way through patrons as though they'd never end, but eventually they did, and he died, miserably, on a beach far from the sites of his triumphs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on June 30, 2012
Book is great - the pictures and comments are dated with information about the pictures under particular topics; eg, Freud and realism, etc. Such a small book with a lot of pictures and information. A terrific book for a novice like me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Satie on November 6, 2012
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Better to spend more for a more substantial book on Freud. Quality consistent with price - don't expect much. Sorry I bought it.
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By A. Manticore on October 11, 2013
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Small book but contains lots of cool old photos and some of Lucien at work. Has a few images of early work as well as the later works. Very interesting Davis Hockney piece about his time posing for Freud. Great book, has a nude on the back cover so if you intend to read in public bring something to cover it, haha.
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By Suzy King on December 25, 2012
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A great collection of (and some not so well known) portraits by Lucien Freud. It shows very well how he painted and how he thought. A good book to have.
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