At the moment David Hockney and Lucian Freud are on the eye of lovers of fine arts.
I have already published information about David Hockney’s latest exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Another retrieving character of London’s contemporary fine art is Lucian Freud, who passed away last summer. Nevertheless, the National Gallery has not changed its plans to devoted a remarkable exhibition of Freud’s “visual” portraits.
Lucian Freud’s portraits convey the impression of having opened the personality of his sitters. Therefore he needed to explore his sitter’s personality and spent an remarkable amount of time with them.
Martin Gayford wrote the book The Man with the Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud and tells more about how it was to sit up to ten hours a day for his friend. All in all he spend about 130 hours with the artist and the outcome were to remarkable paintings. Gayford said that Freud did not even allow him to read a book during that time.
The focus of Lucian’s paintings might had arisen at an early stage of his life due to the fact that he is a grandson of the the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmud Freud. His sitters, including the contemporary artist David Hockney, the journalist and author Martin Gayford and also Queen Elisabeth II, were very dedicated sitters of Freud.
To find more out about The London School of which Lucian Freud was a member: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZp9CkREQps&feature=related
See the exhibition to create your own opinion about Freud at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE. February 9 – May 27