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Breakfast with Lucian The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter,9780374116484

Breakfast with Lucian The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain's Great Modern Painter

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 10/22/2013
Publisher(s): Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Lucian Freud's artwork is instantly recognizable: shocking and even psychologically disturbing, his (often nude) portraits convey a profound yet compelling sense of discomfort. Twice married and the father of at least a dozen children, his many relationships with women were the subject of much gossipbut the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he managed to prevent two planned biographies from emerging) Freud's life, like his paintings, invite questions that have had no answeruntil now. In Breakfast with Lucian, Geordie Greig, one of a few close friends who regularly had breakfast with the painter during the last years of his life, tells an insider's accountaccessible, engaging, revealingof one of the twentieth century's most fascinating, enigmatic and controversial figures. Greig, who has studied his subject's work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freud's own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velazquez, as well as interviews with friends, lovers and some of his children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter, this is a deeply personal memoir that is also informed by a keen appreciation of Freud's art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucianis an essential portraitone worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time.

Author Biography

Geordie Greig is the editor of The Mail on Sunday and has interviewed most major twentieth-century artists over the last thirty years. Prior to moving to Britain’s largest-circulation quality Sunday newspaper, he was editor of the London Evening Standard, before which he spent ten years editing Tatler. He was the American correspondent for The Sunday Times for five years before becoming its literary editor. Greig lives in Notting Hill with his wife, Kathryn, and their son and twin daughters.

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