Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was the German born British artist known primarily for his portraits and figure paintings. He is widely considered to be the leading artist of his generation. He came from the famous Freud family and his meticulous compositions, often of his family, display a disconcertingly close relationship between artist and sitter.
Having studied at Cedric Morris’ East Anglian School of Painting and then at Goldsmiths College, he had his first solo exhibition at the Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery in 1944. He was part of what became known as ‘The School of London’ group of artists which included Kitaj, Bacon, Auerbach and Kossoff.