Self-Portrait (Paperback)
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Published: 07/04/2022
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'Painfully honest on what it means to be a woman who puts art first, no matter what' Olivia Laing

I'm not a portrait painter. If I'm anything, I have always been an autobiographer.

In Self-Portrait, Celia Paul reveals a life truly lived through art. She moves effortlessly through time, in words and images, from her arrival at the Slade School of Fine Art at sixteen, through a profound and intense affair with the older and better-known artist Lucian Freud, to the practices of her present-day studio. This intimate memoir is, at its heart, about a young woman navigating the path to artistic freedom, with all the sacrifices and complications that entails.

'Powerful' Zadie Smith
'Engrossing' Vogue
'Captivating... Mesmerising' New York Times

**Shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize **

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529111552
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 359 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Captivating... Mesmerizing... Paul's powers of observation are keen and often ruthless. - Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

A poetic, sometimes painfully honest memoir. - Tim Adams, Observer

I loved the painter Celia Paul’s memoir Self-Portrait. It’s fascinating for its account of her long-term lover Lucian Freud (he emerges as the ultimate man-baby, by turns charismatic, needy and breathtakingly selfish), but it’s also painfully honest on what it means to be a woman who puts art first, no matter what. - Olivia Laing, New Statesman

The publication of this, her first book, is of great significance... Having recently returned to writing again, she has found a new confidence, in words, in herself and in her painting... No longer wanting to remain simply a part of Freud’s story, she wanted to make him part of her story, a narrative about her life as a painter. ... Paul’s memoir therefore seems fresh, and comes as a surprise. - Frances Spalding, Guardian, Book of the Week*

A story of obsession and manipulation that sends our feelings on a rollercoaster... [Self-Portrait] turns into a sort of myth about the misuse of fame and the male ego, about the struggles faced by creative women, about the body in all its guises. Like a myth, it unfolds with confusions and contradictions, a terrible inevitability and many, many discomfiting truths. - Jan Dalley, Financial Times

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Katy Wheatley

“Strangely Gripping”

Celia Paul is an artist. This is a memoir of her early life and her eventual affair with the painter, Lucien Freud. It looks at her time at the Slade and how that and Freud informed her work, either as a going towards... More

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