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IMMA Collection Freud Project, 2016 – 2021
Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / Reflection (Self Portrait) / 1985 / (oil on canvas) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Image
The second exhibition as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project is called Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Irish artist Daphne Wright it will run from 15 February to 2 September 2018. Further details
IMMA secured a significant five-year loan of 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud (1922-2011). Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality.
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Visiting the exhibition
This exhibition is on display in the Freud Centre which is located between the Formal Gardens and the main gate on Military road.
Please note that rucksacks and large bags cannot be brought into the Freud Centre and must be left in the free lockers provided in the Main Galleries. Therefore if you are bringing a large bag please allow at least 20mins to stow your bags and make your way to the Freud Centre.
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About the artist
Lucian Freud was born in Berlin to Ernst, the architect son of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his wife Lucie Brasch. In 1933, age ten, Freud fled with his family to England, ahead of the rise of Nazism. The family settled in London where Freud lived for the rest of his life.
Freud studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London and Cedric Morris’s East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham. His first solo exhibition, at the Lefevre Gallery received critical acclaim in 1944, followed by a number of hallucinatory, finely-painted portraits that marked him as an artist to watch. Freud’s adherence to realism and focus on the human figure, when abstraction and other progressive forms of practice were more prolific, moved him in and out of the spotlight until the 1980’s when renewed international interest in painting and figuration gave his work a new significance. Since then Freud has become one of the best-known and most highly-regarded British artists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Companion of Honour and the Order of Merit. Major retrospectives of his work were held in Tate Britain, 2002, IMMA 2007, MOMA, 2008 and the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2012.
Freud visited Dublin and Connemara in Ireland in the late 1940s,partly on a pilgrimage to Jack B.Yeats whom he considered the greatest living painter and later when married to Caroline Blackwood of the Guinness family. From the 1950s he connected with Irish artists such as Patrick Swift whose Dublin studio he used and Edward McGuire whose tutor he was at the Slade Art School, as well as the literary circle of Patrick Kavanagh, John Montague, Brendan Behan, Anthony Cronin and their Soho milieu. An in depth account of Freud and Ireland will be explored through the Freud Project, including his close links with the other great figurative painter of the 20th century, Irish-born and London-based, Francis Bacon – his friend, mentor and great rival of thirty years and whose studio you can visit in Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane.
A series of Freud related talks and events will be published throughout the year. Please check this page regularly for the most up to date listing and listen back to these talks, lectures and discussions on the IMMA Collection: Freud Project playlist on IMMA's Soundcloud page.
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series
Artist Talk | Ellen Altfest on the work of Freud
Lucian Freud Lecture Series
Martin Gayford / Sitting For Freud
Dr Yvonne Scott / What is a Portrait? Lucian Freud & Art History
Christina Kennedy / When the familiar becomes strange: Freud and the Contemporary
Listen back to the Preview Talk with Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery (NPG) London and David Dawson, artist, Freud’s assistant and friend of 20 years, as they offer an insightful reflection on Freud’s studio, archive and last major exhibition held at the NPG, involving the artist during his lifetime.
Read a review in The Irish Times
Listen to an interview with David Dawson, Artist, Lucian Freud’s studio assistant and friend of 20 years and Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator: Head of Collection, on Arena, RTE Radio One.
Listen to an interview with Patricia Brennan from our Visitor Engagement Team on the Freud Project on Dublin South FM.
Read the exhibition guide
An exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition which incudes illustrations of all 50 Lucian Freud works. It also features responses from 31 Irish and international artists who were invited to respond to the open question of what Freud means to them today. The catalogue can be purchased from the IMMA Shop for €18.00.
IMMA Collection: Freud Project is made possible through the visionary support of the Freud Circle listed below, and those donors that wish to remain anonymous.
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