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The Artist’s Mother is the latest project in a series of responses as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021. Inspired by Lucian Freud’s paintings of his mother, Lucie, this is the first presentation which interweaves digital and physical elements. Central to the project is the work of artist Chantal Joffe who has portrayed her mother, Daryll, in an exceptional series of paintings and pastels.

The exhibition The Artist’s Mother: Lucie and Daryll is the first time IMMA combines both a gallery display in the Freud Centre, alongside a digitally installed exhibition in a new virtual gallery space. In this series of 15 portraits, 6 in dialogue with Lucian Freud in the gallery and 13 in the virtual gallery space, with some of the portraits been shown in both spaces, Chantal Joffe provides insights into the unique bond between mother-subject and artist-child.

At the centre of this conversation are two of Freud’s most outstanding portraits of his mother The Painter’s Mother Reading (1975) and Painter’s Mother Resting I (1976), which form part of the Freud Project. The encounter is further explored online through conversations and contributions by poet Annie Freud, Lucian’s eldest daughter.

The project also includes a series of 22 specially produced short videos with artists, writers and creatives in various reflections on the theme of the mother, entitled The Maternal Gaze.

The Artist’s Mother presents a fascinating compilation of images, writing and voices that explore the role of mothers and carers in our lives, the bonds of creativity and intellect in the context of contemporary discussions of motherhood.

The exhibition is presented via Vortic ( or Vortic Collect in the App Store) and is the first time IMMA has digitally installed an exhibition, made possible thanks to collaboration with Victoria Miro who represent Chantal Joffe.

About the Artist

Chantal Joffe b.1969

Chantal Joffe lives and works in London. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Royal Academy Wollaston Prize in 2006. Joffe had exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Joffe brings a combination of insight and integrity, as well as psychological and emotional force, to the genre of figurative art.
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The Artist’s Mother: Lucie and Daryll

Scroll down to explore the virtual exhibition. Please note, this virtual exhibition is available to view on desktop. It is also available to view on your phone by downloading the Vortic app for iphone and ipad users.

Exhibition Guide 


Exhibition Guide

Chantal Joffe

Watch: Chantal Joffe talk about her use of pastels.

Hiddensee, 2019

During this video Annie Freud recites her poem Hiddensee (2019) which reflects on the impact on Lucie, mother of a young family who with her husband Ernst was forced to flee Germany ahead of the rise of Nazism and her adjustment to a new life in England.

The Life and Cultural Milieu of Lucie Freud, 2021

Listen to Annie Freud’s essay, In the Picture - The Life and Cultural Milieu of Lucie Freud and her influence on her son Lucian.

About Annie Freud

Annie Freud is a poet, painter, editor, teacher and translator. She is the author of five collections of poetry, the first being A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose published by Donut Press, a time when she was a frequent performer at public events.

Subsequently four of her collections were published by Picador, the most recent being Hiddensee. Her first collection, The Best Man the Ever Was, won the Dimplex Prize for New Writing (Poetry Section) and The Mirabelles was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2015. In 2014, Annie Freud  was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets. She leads a long-lived poetry composition group in Cattistock, Dorset, her home for the last twelve years. She is renowned for her live performances.

Although she did not receive any formal training in the visual arts, she was an embroiderer from an early age, and produced works on commission. In the 1970s Anthony D’Offay commissioned handkerchiefs and table linen from her. In later years she made work for Jon Snow with a design taken from a portrait by Gainsborough and a cashmere suit from Dolce e Gabbana for Graham Norton. Otherwise she embroidered pieces for her friends.

During the last six years Annie Freud has made a number of paintings, working in oils for the first time; her work in this medium have enriched her practice in unexpected ways.

Teaching poetry composition has long been a central aspect of Annie Freud’s working life. Nurturing talent is one of her abiding passions