The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922 - 1968 (Hardback)
  • The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922 - 1968 (Hardback)

The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922 - 1968 (Hardback)

Hardback 704 Pages / Published: 05/09/2019
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The first part of a magisterial life of the enigmatic artist, The Lives of Lucian Freud mines the myriad conversations between Freud and his close friend and confidante William Feaver. Providing the kind of rounded understanding of the painter that has eluded other writers and critics, this is a truly ground breaking work of biography.

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2019

Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke every week for decades to his close confidante and collaborator William Feaver - about painting and the art world, but also about his life and loves. The result is this a unique, electrifying biography, shot through with Freud's own words.

In Youth, the first of two volumes, Feaver conjures Freud's early childhood: Sigmund Freud's grandson, born into a middle-class Jewish family in Weimar Berlin, escaping Nazi Germany in 1934 before being dropped into successive English public schools. Following Freud through art school, his time in the Navy during the war, his post-war adventures in Paris and Greece, and his return to Soho - consorting with duchesses and violent criminals, out on the town with Greta Garbo and Princess Margaret - Feaver traces a brilliant, difficult young man's coming of age.

An account of a century told through one of its most important artists, The Lives of Lucian Freud is a landmark in the story its subject and in the art of biography itself.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408850930
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 1210 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


'Sparkling… a wonderful biography' - The Sunday Times

'Lucian Freud was unique; unique in intensity, in affection, in interest and in fun. This brilliant and compendious biography has the same qualities. It does justice to Lucian.' - Frank Auerbach

'Mesmerising, almost surreal in its headlong layering of detail, memory and gossip. Propelled by Freud's sardonic recollections, and lit throughout by William Feaver's impeccable, penetrating analysis of the work, this is a monstrously brilliant portrait.' - Jenny Uglow

'In William Feaver's The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968, based upon decades of conversation with the painter, we hear Freud's remarkable voice on almost every page. The result is a vivid, intimate biography of one of the 20th century's most storied artists.' - Annalyn Swan and Mark Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of de Kooning: An American Master

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