Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits will be the first exhibition to focus on the celebrated artist’s visceral and unflinching self-portraits.

Executed over almost seven decades on canvas and paper, the exhibition will bring together around 50 works that chart Freud’s (1922-2011) artistic development: from his early, more linear and graphic works to the fleshier painterly style that became the hallmark of his later work.

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Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Words by Lee Sharrock

Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985 Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive I arrived at the usually sedate National Portrait Gallery to be confronted by a throng of eager reporters, photographers and film crews from as far afield as Japan, testament to the popularity of one of the greatest British artists, […]

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