The Lives of Lucian Freud : FAME 1968 - 2011
'A dazzling tour de force' - The Times
The second part of William Feaver's acclaimed biography of Lucian Freud
Fame follows Freud at the height of his powers, painting the most iconic works of his career in a constant and dissatisfied pursuit of perfection, just outrunning his gambling debts and tailor's bills. Whether tattooing swallows at the base of Kate Moss's back or exacting a strange and horrible revenge on Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, Freud's adventures were always perfectly characteristic. An enfant terrible till the end, even as he was commissioned to paint the Queen and attended his own retrospectives, what emerges is an artist wilfully oblivious to the glitter of the world around - and focussed instead on painting first and last.
It is a cracking read, bursting with life and art and was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Times, Financial Times, New Statesman and Spectator.
The Spectator described it as 'rammed with enough jaw-dropping, buttocks-clenching revelations to keep a whole Soho pub entertained for days', so grab and copy and buckle in!
- Author: William Feaver
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Date published: September 2020
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1526603562
- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.7 cm
'Volume 2 of Feaver’s biography is affectionate as well as lively, also hard-edged, clear-eyed, as Freud would have relished. Much is recounted in the artist’s own sardonic words, buoyed by fantastic gossip; it flows fast and long, and you close it reluctantly.' - FT
'rammed with enough jaw-dropping, buttocks-clenching revelations to keep a whole Soho pub entertained for days' - The Spectator