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

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An insiders account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth centurys most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freuds paintings are instantly recognizable: often shocking and disturbing, his portraits convey a profound yet compelling sense of discomfort. Freud was twice married and the father of at least a dozen children, and his numerous relationships with women were the subject of much gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he prevented two planned biographies from being published), Freuds life, as well as his art, invites questions that have had no answer—until 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 insiders account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth centurys most fascinating, enigmatic, and controversial artists. Greig, who has studied his subjects work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freuds own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, and informed by interviews with friends, lovers, and some of the artists children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter, this is a deeply personal memoir that is illuminated by a keen appreciation of Freuds art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time.

 
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Synopsis:

An insiders account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth centurys most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freuds art is instantly recognizable: shocking and even psychologically disturbing, his 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 gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he managed to prevent two planned biographies from emerging), Freuds life, like his paintings, invite questions that have had no answer—until 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 insiders account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth centurys most fascinating and enigmatic figures. Greig unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freuds own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, as well as interviews with friends, lovers, and some of Freuds 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 Freuds art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time.

Synopsis:

Lucian Freuds art is instantly recognizable: shocking and even psychologically disturbing, his 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 gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he managed to prevent two planned biographies from emerging), Freuds life, like his paintings, invite questions that have had no answer—until 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 insiders account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth centurys most fascinating and enigmatic figures. Greig unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freuds own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, as well as interviews with friends, lovers, and some of Freuds 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 Freuds art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time.

About the Author

Geordie Greig is the editor of The Mail on Sunday and, over the last thirty years, has interviewed most major living artists. Prior to moving to Britains largest-circulation quality Sunday newspaper, he was the editor of the London Evening Standard, before which he spent ten years editing Tatler and, previously, working as American correspondent and as literary editor for The Sunday Times (London). Greig lives in Notting Hill, London, with his wife, Kathryn, and their son and twin daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374116484
Author:
Greig, Geordie
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
39 Four-Color Illustrations and 17 Black
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
10.5 x 9.125 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

An insiders account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth centurys most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freuds art is instantly recognizable: shocking and even psychologically disturbing, his 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 gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he managed to prevent two planned biographies from emerging), Freuds life, like his paintings, invite questions that have had no answer—until 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 insiders account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth centurys most fascinating and enigmatic figures. Greig unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freuds own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, as well as interviews with friends, lovers, and some of Freuds 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 Freuds art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time.

"Synopsis" by ,
Lucian Freuds art is instantly recognizable: shocking and even psychologically disturbing, his 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 gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he managed to prevent two planned biographies from emerging), Freuds life, like his paintings, invite questions that have had no answer—until 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 insiders account—accessible, engaging, revealing—of one of the twentieth centurys most fascinating and enigmatic figures. Greig unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freuds own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations in which Freud held forth on everything from first love to gambling debts to the paintings of Velázquez, as well as interviews with friends, lovers, and some of Freuds 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 Freuds art. Fresh, funny, and ultimately profound, Breakfast with Lucian is an essential portrait—one worthy of one of the greatest painters of our time.

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