PREVIEW: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts will unite the artist’s self-portraits in major exhibition which will open to the public on the 27th October.

Lucian Freud Reflection (self-portrait).

With this new exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts will be concentrating on Lucian Freud’s self-portraits, bringing together more than fifty works that chart Freud’s artistic development: from his early, more linear and graphic works to the fleshier painterly style that became the hallmark of his later work.

This exhibition will be organised through six sections that will follow through a loose chronology to explore the artist’s wide-ranging exploration of self-portraits.

Highlights of the exhibition will include Freud’s Man with a Feather and his late work Self-portrait, Reflection, highlighting how his style and technique changed over the years. The second section of the display will concentrate on the artist’s early works including him depicting himself in the mythological guise of Actaeon (Self-portrait with Antlers)and as a character in illustrations for plays and stories such as Flyda and Arvid.

Other sections of the exhibition will uncover his working process, where a number of sketchbooks and unfinished portraits will be on display, while the final sections will concentrate on Freud’s later self-portraits.

The display will include work from over nearly seven decades that captures the process of ageing from boy to man.

Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 27th October until the 26th January 2020.

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