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Lucian Freud: Real Lives

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“I work from the people that interest me,” Lucian Freud said of the subjects he painted. The British artist, who was born in 1922 and died in 2011, experimented with Surrealism—a movement influenced by the writings of his grandfather, Sigmund—before settling on realism in the early 1950s. A portraitist primarily, Freud was known for his intense, almost psychoanalytic relationship with his sitters, who were friends, colleagues, and lovers. With thick, expressive brushstrokes he produced figurative paintings that were fierce and personal. This exhibition of paintings and works on paper, the largest in north England in 30 years, spans Freud’s 60-year career. —Sabina Vitale

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