Almost every week Lucian Freud spoke on the phone to his confidante William Feaver. Now Feaver uses Freud’s own words to bring this genius of British art to life.
Painter and curator William Feaver joins the How To Academy to tell the epic life story of his friend and collaborator, Lucian Freud.
The ferociously private Freud spoke almost every week to Feaver – about painting and the art world, life and love. Feaver wrote down their conversations immediately. Now he has used his intimate knowledge to produce a landmark work of biography, telling the story of this passionate and destructive artist from his childhood in Weimar Berlin through art school and the Merchant Navy, to his trailblazing years conquering post-war bohemian London, swathed in admirers both male and female. Drinking with Francis Bacon in Soho, smuggling a dead monkey through customs in order to complete a drawing, and dancing with Margot Fonteyn, Feaver’s portrait of Freud weaves together their conversations, Freud’s own drawings and letters, and interviews with Freud’s family, friends and subjects including Francis Bacon, Leigh Bowery, Kate Moss and Jerry Hall.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the story of the twentieth century told through one of its most important artists.
Praise for William Feaver:
‘Lucian Freud was unique; unique in intensity, in affection, in interest and in fun. This brilliant and compendious biography has the same qualities. It does justice to Lucian.’ – Frank Auerbach
‘Mesmerising, almost surreal in its headlong layering of detail, memory and gossip. Propelled by Freud’s sardonic recollections, and lit throughout by William Feaver’s impeccable, penetrating analysis of the work, this is a monstrously brilliant portrait.’ – Jenny Uglow