Life above Everything: Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats will examine the interconnections between renowned British artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and one of the most important figures in Irish art Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957).
Freud thought of Yeats as a great painter of his time, and Freud’s first visit to Ireland in 1948, has been described as, at least in part, a ‘pilgrimage’ to the site of Yeats’ work. Like Yeats before him, Freud was navigating the British art world from a hybrid position, both insider and outsider, both well-connected and strangely alone, both British and not. Freud and Yeats exhibited together only once in their lifetime, in the inaugural exhibition of the ICA in London in 1948.
Life above Everything will mark and excavate the affinities and interconnections between these two artists. The exhibition at IMMA will draw into dialogue the work of these two stubbornly individual painters, placing them side-by-side for the first time in 70 years.
David Dawson, artist and Freud’s long-time studio assistant, has assisted in the selection for this exhibition, bringing to the project a unique, intimate knowledge of Freud’s interest in Yeats.
Life above Everything: Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats is the fourth exhibition to be presented as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, a major five year initiative where 52 works by painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) have been lent to IMMA’s Collection by private lenders.
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