“I am never inhibited by working from life. On the contrary, I feel more free; and I can take liberties which the tyranny of memory would not allow. I would wish my art to appear factual, not literal.”

To celebrate the centenary of Lucian Freud's birth (1922-2011), Marlborough presents Lucian Freud: Etchings from Life, an exhibition of prints by the artist. Featuring exceptional etchings made in the latter half of his career, this presentation coincides with The National Gallery's landmark exhibition 'Lucian Freud: New Perspectives', 2022.

From 1982, Freud created 60 published prints and 30 unpublished prints until his death in 2011. These etchings embodied the same unflinching realism that characterised his oil paintings, often depicting the same subjects in similar poses. For instance, 'Blond Girl', 1985 mirrors the oil painting 'Blond Girl, Night Portrait', painted from 1980 to 1985. Freud's etched portraits capture the same bodily presence of his painted subjects. His process was remarkably similar: the etching plate was placed upright on an easel while Freud meticulously etched from life.

This exclusive online exhibition features seven etchings from Freud's most celebrated period.

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This major exhibition charts seven decades of painting by Lucian Freud, from his early work to his large-scale naked portraits. The show attempts to move beyond Freud's celebrity and focus on his commitment to painting, 'bringing to light new perspectives on a lifetime’s work.'

Image: Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA

The National Gallery, London