The Lives of Lucian Freud, Fame 1968-2011 – William Feaver
This is the second, and concluding part, of William Feaver’s biography of Lucian Freud. The first part was published last year and dealt with his childhood and life up to 1968. That first book was shortlisted for the Bailie Gifford prize for non-fiction in 2019.
In this book Feaver explores the working and personal life of one the great painters of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Feaver was close to Freud when he was alive and so this biography is close to being authorised he explores the relationships that Freud formed with his sitters, the rivalry and eventual hostility of his relationship with Francis Bacon. Freud became a highly expensive painter, feted and courted by money and celebrity but, according to Feaver, he managed to be wilfully oblivious to the glitter of the world around him and remained focussed on painting.
Hardback. 570 pages.
16cm x 24cm x 5cm