ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This beautifully illustrated biography provides not only an intimate portrait of one of England's finest painters, Lucien Freud, but an overview of the portraiture genre itself. Sian
Lucian Freud, perhaps the worlds leading portrait painter, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. Gayford describes the process chronologically, from the day he arrived for the first sitting through to his meeting with the couple who bought the finished painting. As Freud creates a portrait of Gayford, so the art critic produces his own portrait of the notoriously private artist, recounting their wide-ranging conversations and giving a rare insight into Freuds working practice. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs by David Dawson of Freud at work, with paintings by Freud from the 1940s to the present, and images by other artists discussed by Freud with Gayford. The result vividly conveys what it is like to be on the inside of the process of creating a painting by a great artist.
Thames & Hudson
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01 March 2012
The Sittings: 28 November 2003 - 4 July 2004 * Portrait Head: August 2004 - April 2005 * Postscript: June 2005 * Afterword November 2011 * List of Illustrations
Reviews for Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud
'One of the best books ever written about the art of painting' - Grey Gowrie, Financial Times 'Freud is vividly surprising, potent and dynamic ... a portrait of an anarchic painter with views on everything from Leonardo's failings to Princess Margaret's voice' - Observer 'If it is Freud who dominates the book, it is Gayford's achievement to bring him out and to do so with wit and humour as well as acute intelligence ... literally inimitable' - Guardian 'A journal, an act of confession, a character study of Freud, a piecemeal survey of art history and an investigation into the practicalities of portraiture ... a book that's not just read but relished' - The Spectator 'It will be read as long as Freud's work is admired' - Sunday Times