Royal Academy, London

GDK619724 Reflection (Self Portrait), 1985 (oil on canvas) by Freud, Lucian (1922-2011); 56.2×51.2 cm; Private Collection; © The Lucian Freud Archive; English, in copyright PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by the artist’s copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you.

27 October 2019 — 26 January 2020

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm (excludes 23 November)

Tickets £18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Friends of the RA go for free but must book an advanced, timed ticket for themselves and their guest.

The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts

In a world first, we unite Lucian Freud’s self-portraits in one extraordinary exhibition. See more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turns his unflinching eye firmly on himself.

One of the most celebrated portraitists of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th century artists who portrayed 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 his final one executed 64 years later. They trace the fascinating evolution from the linear graphic works of his early career to the fleshier, painterly style he became synonymous with. 

When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the process of ageing. Confronting his self-image anew with each work, he depicted himself in youth as the Greek hero Acteon, in sombre reflection later in life and fittingly, for the great painter of 20th century nudes, naked aged 71 but for a pair of unlaced boots.

When asked if he was a good model for himself Freud replied, “No, I don’t accept the information that I get when I look at myself, that’s where the trouble starts”. It is precisely this “trouble” that makes Freud’s self-portraits so intensely compelling – and makes this an unmissable chance to see a life’s work in one show.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits is in our smaller, Sackler Wing of galleries and we expect demand to be high. To ensure the best possible experience, Friends must book a free, timed ticket to see this show during the normal run of the exhibition, as well as extended hours.

Josie Eastwood Fine Art  Exhibition 

Josie has opened her new gallery in Longstock, Hampshire.  Well worth a detour to see it.

Josie Eastwood Fine Art has been established since 1991 and is one of Hampshire’s leading contemporary private art galleries. The new gallery, opened in November 2018 is set in the heart of the Test Valley at Longstock, Stockbridge. It will stage 5 exhibitions a year with a mixed programme of contemporary painting, ceramics and sculpture, celebrating and supporting both established and emerging artists. 

In between exhibitions, the gallery will continue to operate on a consulting basis to both private and corporate clients advising on the the sourcing, purchase, presentation and placement of work. It will also be open, by appointment, for those wishing to view work by the gallery artists. 

Josie Eastwood has gained over 30 years experience working in the art world through building and establishing her own business but also through time spent working alongside two major dealers in London and at Sotheby’s auction house. In addition, her academic background in History of Art but also as a painter gives her the fluency to work closely with both artists and patrons.

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