Freud retrospectives across the city mark life and work of late artist

Fans of the late Lucian Freud can enjoy a host of exhibits across the capital which celebrate the artist’s life and work while staying in luxury hotels in London.

Chief among them in the National Portrait Gallery’s 70-year survey of Freud’s portraits, with 100 paintings and works on paper that bring together depictions of the artist’s friends, family, lovers and fellow artists, such as Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

Running until May 27th, the exhibition depicts the artist’s stylistic development with it’s breadth of range, taking in his portraits of the 50s up to a more rugged and textured style that emerged in the 60s and his signature unflattering grittiness that culminated in the 80s.

Central to the exhibit is Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping (1995), an oil on canvas that became the highest selling painting for a living artist when it sold at auction in New York for £17.2 million in 2008. The buyer was Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.

The retrospective concludes with Freud’s Portrait of the Hound, a portrait of his assistant David Dawson and dog Eli, which was unfinished at the time of the artist’s death in July 2011.

And those fans of Freud’s earlier work will find the Blain Southern exhibition within easy reach of their central London hotels.

The Lucian Freud: Drawings exhibition is a two-venue show featuring works on paper by the late artist, starting with a nine-year-old Freud’s pencil-on-paper depiction of birds taking flight from a tree and continuing through his juvenile work up until an unfinished etching from 2011.

The free exhibit, which will run until April 4th, runs at Blain Southern Dering Street and with booked showings at Hill Street, it also features radio interviews, book designs and illustrations and further archiving of the late artist’s work, and complement the National Portrait Gallery’s retrospective aptly.

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