Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait
Wednesday 4th March 2020 - Starts 7:30pm
TICKET PRICE: £14
From the Royal Academy of Arts, London In cinemas nationwide from 14 January 2020
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s intensely compelling film on Lucian Freud reveals the life and work of a modern master though a unique exhibition of his self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Freud made self-portraits for the whole of his life which intersected his controversial private life and reflected his shifting relationship with paint. His intense and unflinching gaze has produced a body of powerful, figurative works that places him in the forefront of great British painting. The film journeys through this landmark exhibition in which Freud turns his critical eye firmly on himself. Notoriety followed the grandson of Sigmund Freud: he was a key figure in London’s radical post-war art scene and his work reveals a great story to be enjoyed on the big screen across all leading chains and independent cinemas nationwide from 14 January 2020. Audiences throughout the United Kingdom, indeed in 65 countries worldwide, will have a front row seat to view Freud’s powerful and intimate self-portraits.
In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Royal Academy of Arts’ extraordinary exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings spanning nearly seven decades of Freud’s self-portraiture, brought together for the first time in history. They give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.
Highlighting paintings such as Man with a Feather, Reflection with Two Children (Self-portrait), Hotel Bedroom, Interior with Plant, Reflection Listening and his masterpiece Painter Working Reflection, this film features key interviews with past sitters, friends and leading art experts such as Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London), Martin Gayford (Art Critic and Writer), Catherine Lampert (Art Curator and Writer), William Feaver (Art Curator and
Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait
Lucian Freud, Man’s Head (Self Portrait), 1963 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images
Writer), and Sebastian Smee (Art Critic). Notably, the film includes access to Lucian Freud’s early works and a rare visit
to Lucian Freud’s painting studio, which remains as it was when he died in 2011.
Along with insight and commentary by the exhibition curators Andrea Tarsia (Royal Academy of Arts, London), Jasper
Sharp (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) and David Dawson (Artist), this remarkable film is a must-see for anyone
interested in discovering more about the man behind the some of the most talked about portraits in modern art history
and, more broadly, the London artworld.
Director David Bickerstaff says:
“The journey we take with these films sometimes offers great access to the workings of an artist’s
mind and a visit to Lucian Freud’s studio was one of those revealing moments. It is everything you
think an artist studio should be. Brushes and paint adorn every surface. The smell of oil and
turpentine fills the air as easels stand ready for art to be made. Freud’s presence fills the room. His
mark is splattered across the walls rising out of piles of cloth that are left used and abandoned.
Beautiful light shifts from the daylight studio to the night studio and the creaking floors support the
remains of props so famously depicted in his paintings – a bed, an enormous mirror, a palette and
a worn-out chair waiting for the next sitter. For Lucian Freud, the act of ’looking’ was everything.
This film is very much about the self, the progress of time and one man’s intense struggle with the
making of making art.”