Lucian Freud

1922 - 2011 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Lucian Freud was an artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Lucian Freud, born in 1922, died in 2011. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Lucian Freud's work, including galleries in countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. Some of those galleries are Inigo Philbrick in London, as well as Craig F. Starr Gallery and Acquavella Galleries in New York. Lucian Freud's work has most recently been exhibited at Browse & Darby in London (04 June 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition 43rd Annual Exhibition – British & French Paintings, Drawings, Prints & Sculpture. Lucian Freud's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; IVOR BRAKA (04 March 2018 - 27 April 2018) at Galerie Patrick Seguin | London in the United Kingdom and Visions of the Self. Rembrandt and Now (11 April 2019 - 17 May 2019) at Gagosian | Grosvenor Hill in the United Kingdom. Lucian Freud's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called IVOR BRAKA and took place at Galerie Patrick Seguin | London in the United Kingdom from the 04 March 2018 to 27 April 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Lucian Freud

Born in 1922, Lucian Freud was primarily influenced by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Lucian Freud

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