Catalogue | Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits


Lucian Freud was not a conventional gardener, but he had a close and respectful relationship with plants. From his rarely-seen Berlin childhood drawings to his garden in Notting Hill, and the straggly potted plants that followed him from home to home throughout his life, the master of the modern nude was also a prolific painter of plants and gardens.

This catalogue accompanying the exhibition Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits explores how integral plants were to Freud’s work, shedding light on his ability to capture their elusive essence in with the same gritty, unfiltered style as his human subjects.

Beautifully illustrated with examples of Freud’s plant paintings and etchings, this catalogue includes an introduction by Garden Museum curator Emma House and an essay by guest curator Giovanni Aloi, as well as interviews with Freud’s longtime studio assistant David Dawson, and daughter Annie Freud.

Designed by Webb & Webb

Cover image: Still Life with Zimmerlinde, c.1950 Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) Credit: Private Collection. Photo © Christie’s Images/© The Lucian Freud Archive. All Rights Reserved 2022/Bridgeman Images

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