For the first time in the United States, Lucian Freud Portraits will be on display at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth July 1-Oct. 28. Organized by the National Portrait Gallery in London, the exhibition will showcase 70 years of Freud's work dating between 1943 and 2011. The "City of Cowboys and Culture" is lucky to have this exhibit by one of the greatest portrait painters in the 20th century, especially since Fort Worth will be the only U.S. venue.
Freud (Sigmund Freud's grandson) painted a wide variety of subjects ranging from lovers, friends, wives, neighbors, family and royalty, usually in a small room within his studio. At the media preview last week, we walked through the exhibit with curator, Michael Aupig who revealed many of the intimate relationships Freud had cultivated in his paintings. With more than 17 children and two marriages, you can see that the portraits provide a visual biography of his life. In fact, the last canvas that he worked on before he passed is in the last room of the exhibition. Aupig also said that Freud never used a photograph or relied on his memory for these portraits; Freud always insisted on being in the room with his subjects as he painted, which could sometimes take up to a year and half to create.
As the 100th Anniversary of the Modern approaches (and the 10th in the new building) this December, Lucian Freud Portraits is a spectacular spectacular not-to-miss exhibit. Freud's paintings are fascinating in that he focused on the imperfections of his subjects: that awkward birthmark or stand-out wart and brought them to life in his paintings. Like his grandfather, he concentrates a bit on the psychological elements behind some of his subjects, revealing their deepest thoughts and emotions. This is apparent in the first portrait of his second wife, Caroline. Visit the Modern online to find out more about the exhibit and plan your visit today!