Lucian Freud: The Painter and His Family

6 Jul 2022-29 Jan 2023

Freud Museum London
London NW3 5SX


In the centenary year of British painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011), the Freud Museum will stage its first ever exhibition of the great artist’s work.

Lucian Freud: The Painter and His Family is the first exhibition of Lucian Freud’s work in the home of his grandfather, Sigmund Freud, and aunt, Anna Freud. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, family photographs, books and letters. These works are drawn from galleries and private collections, the Museum’s archives and members of Lucian Freud’s family. Some of the items have never, or very rarely, been seen in public before.

Lucian Freud’s impact and influence on cultural history is undeniable. Like his grandfather, Sigmund, who revolutionised the way we understand the mind, Lucian affected the history of 20th century art. Migrating from surrealism to realism and often using family and friends as his subjects, Lucian’s work’s evolved over a 60-year career.

The exhibition will explore Lucian Freud’s childhood, family and friends. It will celebrate some lesser known aspects of his life. These include his love of reading and lifelong fascination with horses, as well as his relationships with the former occupants of 20 Maresfield Gardens. Alongside Lucian Freud’s paintings and drawings, the exhibition will include illustrated childhood letters, books he owned and book covers he designed. His sole surviving sculpture, Three-legged Horse (1937) and early painting, Palm Tree (1944), will also be displayed.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a vibrant programme of public events. An outreach programme will include specially constructed exhibition visits and art workshops for families and groups in the local community.

Curated by Martin Gayford

Lucian Freud: The Painter and His Family is curated by Martin Gayford, art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Lucian Freud, Van Gogh, Constable, David Hockney and Michelangelo.

In 2003-2005, Freud painted Martin Gayford’s portrait. His subsequent wrote a book about the experience of sitting for Freud, Man with a Blue Scarf: on Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud (Thames and Hudson, 2010). Martin is currently editing Lucian Freud’s letters for a book to be published by Thames and Hudson in 2022.

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Selected works


New Contemporaries
Camden Art Centre
until 14 Apr
Uncharted Street: Kurt Hutton, Bill Brandt, Edith Tudor-Hart, Charlie Phillips, Markéta Luskačová - Photographs from the Hyman Collection
Ben Uri Gallery And Museum
until 8 Mar
Jonathan Callan
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art
until 23 Mar
The Showroom Mural Commission | Kay Abude, Be Creative Remain Resilient
The Showroom
until 28 Jul
Accordion Fields
Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson St
until 4 May
Accordion Fields
Lisson Gallery, 27 Bell St
until 4 May
Andrew Black: On Clogger Lane
until 10 Mar
Danielle Fretwell: Shallow Invitations
Alice Amati
until 13 Apr
Scene I: Glen Pudvine, Mug
Matt Carey-Williams​​​​‌‍​‍​‍‌‍‌​‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‌‌‍‍​‍​‍​‍‍​‍​‍‌​‌‍​‌‌‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‌​‌‍‌​‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍​‍​‍​‍​​‍​‍‌‍‍​‌​‍‌‍‌‌‌‍‌‍​‍​‍​‍‍​‍​‍​‍‌​‌‌​‌‌‌‌‍‌​‌‍‍‌‌‍​‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‌‌​‌‍‌‌‌‍‍‌‌​​‍‌‍‌‌‌‍‌​‌‍‍‌‌‌​​‍‌‍‌‌‍‌‍‌​‌‍‌‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌‍‌‌
until 2 Mar
Turner and Bonington: Watercolours from the Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection
until 21 Apr
The Cult of Beauty
Wellcome Collection
until 28 Apr
The Leisure Centre
The Brown Collection
until 3 Aug
Francesco Neri: Boncellino
Large Glass
until 16 Mar
Francis Picabia – Women: Works on Paper 1902-1950
Michael Werner Gallery
until 3 May
50 (Natalie Terenzini)
until 10 Mar
What am I doing Here…: Travelscapes
until 9 Mar
Czech Centre London, Vitrínka Gallery
until 26 Mar