Lucian Freud: The Fame Years

Sun 20 Sep

Sunday, 20 September 2020

4.30pm - 5.30pm

In Conversation | Online Only

Lucian Freud: The Fame Years

Lucian Freud’s friend and biographer, William Feaver, talks about the years of fame when, despite growing celebrity, Freud’s dedication to the craft of painting intensified.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame


Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke to his confidante and frequent collaborator, William Feaver, on the phone most weeks for many years. Feaver wrote down their conversations immediately, leaving him with hundreds of hours of transcribed conversations. Having been renowned for thwarting any attempts to write his biography, Freud gave Feaver his blessing to be his biographer.

Feaver will give a glimpse into the life of one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a story of shinnying up a drainpipe to woo Jacquetta Eliot, tattooing swallows at the base of Kate Moss’s back, and exacting a strange and horrible revenge on Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, but mostly of Freud’s dedication to painting.

William Feaver is a painter, curator and author, and was the art critic for the Observer for 23 years. He is on the Academic Board of the Royal Drawing School, where he also currently tutors. He curated Lucian Freud's 2002 retrospective at Tate Britain in 2002, and the 2012 exhibition of Freud’s drawings in London and New York. He has sat, weekly, for Frank Auerbach since 2003.

A copy of William Feaver's book The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame, 1968-2011 can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Sunday, 20 September 2020
4.30pm - 5.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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