The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 1968 - 2011 - Biography and Autobiography (Hardback)William Feaver (author)
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The concluding volume of William Feaver’s electrifying life of Lucian Freud finds the great painter at the peak of his powers, surrounded by an incredible cast of famous faces and desperately striving for artistic perfection.
Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020
The second half of William Feaver's Baillie Gifford Prize-shortlisted work of biography: the definitive story of the epic life of one of the twentieth century's most important artists.
William Feaver, Lucian Freud's collaborator, curator and close friend, knew the unknowable artist better than most. Over many years, Freud narrated to him the story of his life, 'our novel'. Fame follows Freud at the height of his powers, painting the most iconic works of his career in a constant and dissatisfied pursuit of perfection, just outrunning his gambling debts and tailor's bills.
Whether tattooing swallows at the base of Kate Moss's back or exacting a strange and horrible revenge on Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, Freud's adventures were always perfectly characteristic. An enfant terrible till the end, even as he was commissioned to paint the Queen and attended his own retrospectives, what emerges is an artist wilfully oblivious to the glitter of the world around - and focussed instead on painting first and last.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 1049 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'The concluding volume of Feaver's unmissable biography sees the great painter evolving from enfant terrible into Old Devil - although really was a man ever so uncompromisingly himself from cradle to grave? As a life it's both a horrible warning and a shining example, and Feaver does it justice' - The Daily Telegraph
'Explosively enjoyable, bursting with life and art, and all focused on a central figure as wild and beguiling as any character in literature, real or fictitious ... Feaver is wonderfully deft at interweaving the art and the life in an unshowy manner. Throughout the two volumes he manages to convey Freud's personal magnetism, and the way he was simultaneously controlled and controlling and out of control. And, rare for a biographer, he shows what it was like to be with his subject from day to day' - Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday
'If Freud's pictures are at heart all about palpable reality, the same is true of Feaver's daunting enterprise ... David Hockney described Freud's portraits as being essentially "an account of looking", and that's just what Feaver's book is too' - The Sunday Times
'Does justice to Freud's pitiless genius as an artist' - The Daily Mail
'An extremely juicy biography ... You can hear Freud's voice on the page, which is thrilling ...Bulges with gossipy stuff ... He was more vivid than other people ... and Feaver's great and generous achievement in his book is to enable us to imagine this. Its last lines - Freud tells him, that he's always liked lipstick on the teeth - are so perfect. Somehow, they say it all. Dress up, go out, get laid. And then try to get it all down in your work: "Tell people you've been alive"' - Rachel Cooke, The Observer
'A mesmerising picture of a paintaholic who was incorrigibly on the make ... Feaver's vastly detailed biography is the ideal companion to Freud's work. It resembles nothing so much as a large Freud canvas: hypnotic, occasionally reiterative, quirkily dark in places, proceeding by a process of obsessive accretion' - Elizabeth Lowry, The Guardian
'Diverting ... Freud played the mischievous bar-room raconteur, chuckling over bygone stunts and scrapes, and sticking the knife into old foes with venomous relish' - The Sunday Telegraph
'The latest instalment of the epic biography of Lucian Freud finds him at the height of his fame' - The Times
'Absorbing in all its darkness and light, a dazzling tour de force ... Remarkable ... we have to be grateful that his Boswell was there to make a record' - The Literary Review
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