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Lucian Freud
Feaver, William.
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London : Tate Publishing, [2002]

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240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 30 cm
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Includes essay "On Lucian Freud" by Frank Auerbach.

Published to accompany the exhibition at Tate Britain 20 June - 22 Sept. 2002, touring to Fundació "la Caixa", Barcelona, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Distributed in North and South America by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York.
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N6797.F77 A4 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This publication accompanies a major retrospective of the work of Lucien Freud at the Tate Britain. Freud was born in 1922 and the exhibition spans his career, featuring both past and present artworks."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This testament to the massive oeuvre of one of Europe's most celebrated painters begins with an illuminating biographical sketch by Feaver (former art critic for the Observer), which depicts Freud's journey from favorite son to mediocre student, from reveling womanizer to husband and father. Readers looking for a window into Freud's remarkable method and vision will benefit from the extensive quotes in this section, as well as the four interviews provided. The paintings themselves, richly reproduced, are intense portraits featuring a dark conflict between stark realism and profound emotional pull; his figures, usually nude, capture the vacancy and impact of death in their alarmingly static expressions. Freud's self-taught skill and precision are evident on every page in his careful, heavy brushstrokes (he often cleaned the brush after each stroke) and representational precision. Coming into fruition in the era of pop art and abstract expressionism, Freud emerged, amazingly, as a figurative painter in the most traditional sense: "Expressionism is a translation from what is in life," Freud said. "Expressionism is exaggerated." In light of the stunning work displayed here, his negative opinion of the genre is earned. A necessity for art scholars and an absolute pleasure for the novice, this gorgeous collection of Freud's discomforting work is perfectly fitting in scope and heft. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Lucian Freud's figurative paintings are hard to forget-his distinctive brushwork, color combinations, and unique poses create a landscape of translucent skin that is alarming in its frankness yet beautiful in its presentation. This catalog, accompanying a show that will travel through London, Barcelona, and Los Angeles, features key works from each phase of his six-decade-long career, from 1939 to the present. More than 140 full-color illustrations of paintings, drawings, and etchings accompany an essay by Feaver, as well as an extensive bibliography and chronology. A curator, writer, and critic, Feaver provides a historical backdrop and analysis that helps the reader navigate across the decades of Freud's career. This work joins other catalogs (notably Robert Hughes's Lucian Freud: Paintings and Catherine Lampert's Lucian Freud: Recent Works) in exposing the artist and the evolution of his art, but it incorporates a much greater range of the still-productive artist's life and work. The result is well written, beautifully designed, and recommended for all academic, public, and museum libraries.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Freud, probably Britain's most famous living painter, will be 80 in December 2002 and this catalog of a recent Tate Britain show (which moves to Los Angeles in February 2003), surveys his long and fruitful career. Freud specializes in figure studies, which are at once accessible and disturbing in their probing, introspective realism. Sitters are friends and relatives--there is a splendid series of the artist's elderly mother--and occasionally the famous. Last year he painted Queen Elizabeth II. Freud has hardly suffered from lack of exposure, but this current retrospective and its accompanying book presents one of the most comprehensive evaluations available of a body of work that ranges from a crisp 1939 still life to the big, fleshy nudes of the 1990s. Feaver, a well-known writer on British and modern art, has chosen more than 150 paintings, each displayed here in vivid, full-page color, and appended a short, fully documented narrative, examining Freud's influences, his personal life, and his working methods. Oddly, these selections appear without individual commentary so that readers must rely on the essay for background information on a given work. Copious and up-to-date bibliography, but no index. All levels. W. S. Rodner Tidewater Community College