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Video: Lucian Freud’s painting technique

Published 19 November 2019

The 50 Lucian Freud self-portraits currently on show at the RA reveal how the artist developed his distinctive painting technique throughout his career. Find out more in this video.

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    An introduction to Lucian Freud's painting technique

    Learn about Lucian Freud’s painting techniques in this video, produced in collaboration with Phaidon. We take a close-up look at some of the works in Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits, and go inside Freud’s painting studio with his former assistant and model David Dawson, Director of the Lucian Freud Archive.

    Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits is in The Sackler Wing of Galleries until 26 January 2020.

    • Lucian Freud: Life and Work Collection (Phaidon)

      Explore Freud's life and work with Phaidon

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      Lucian Freud: A Life is a breathtaking visual biography of the artist, told through unpublished private photographs, painted portraits, his own words, and writings by those who knew him.

      Lucian Freud is the only comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work, with more than 480 illustrations. This sumptuous, two-volume, slip-cased publication includes hundreds of paintings, drawings, sketches, etches and even illustrated private letters.