The exhibition will mark the centenary of the birth of the artist and will be on display to the public from the 1st October 2022.


Reflection with Two Children (Self-portrait), 1965 
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid 
© The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images / photo Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The National Gallery has announced a major new exhibition to celebrate the birth of the artist Lucian Freud to go on display in Autumn 2022.

This newly announced exhibition will bring together a collection of his paintings from his seven decade career spanning early works such as Girl with Roses (British Council Collection) from the 1940s; to Reflection with Two Children (Self-Portrait) (Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid) in the 1960s and right through to his famous late works. 

Titled The Credit Suisse Exhibition – Lucian Freud: New Perspectives, this display aims to offer new perspectives on the artist’s work, focusing on his ever-searching commitment to the medium of painting. It will also allow visitors to explore Freud’s diverse range of work and how it developed over the decades that he worked.

Lucian Freud: New Perspectives is curated by Daniel F. Herrmann, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Projects at the National Gallery in collaboration with Paloma Alarcó, Chief Curator of Modern Painting, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. David Dawson, from the Lucian Freud Archive, has also lent support and advice for the exhibition.

Talking about the news of the exhibition, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, says: “The Freud centenary exhibition at the National Gallery offers the opportunity to reconsider the artist’s achievement in the broader context of the tradition of European painting. He was a frequent visitor to the Gallery whose paintings challenged and inspired him.”

The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery and the Museo Nacional Thyssen- Bornemisza, Madrid. It will be shown at the Thyssen from 14 February 2023 to 18 June 2023, following its display at the National Gallery. 

Lucian Freud: New Perspectives will go on display at the National Gallery from the 1st October 2022 until the 22nd January 2023.