LUCIAN Freud, one of the world’s greatest portrait painters, painted himself with the same unflinching eye he brought to his other subjects. For the first time, there is an exhibition of his self-portraits and art-lovers have a chance to see this important show via Exhibition on Screen at local venues including the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Wednesday 29th January.
For the first time, the Royal Academy of Arts has put together this exhibition, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition includes more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art portrayed himself.
Freud is one of very few 20th-century artists who painted themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later.
When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. The film includes not only the self-portraits but biographical details and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the galleries.
Other local screenings are at Taunton’s Brewhouse theatre on Sunday 22nd January and the Gateway at Seaton, on Thursday 30th.