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To launch the Lucian Freud Lecture Series, distinguished art critic Martin Gayford presents a keynote lecture on his experiences of sitting for Lucian Freud. Gayford’s talk draws on his acclaimed publication Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, 2012 which takes the reader into that most private and intriguing place, the artist’s studio. A drinks reception follows in the Atrium, Trinity College Dublin.


About the Artist

Lucian Freud 1922–2011

Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century. Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality. — View Artist »

About the Speaker

Martin Gayford is an art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He previously collaborated with David Hockney RA on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney. Other works include a volume of travels and conversations co-written with Philippe de Montebello, Rendezvous with Art, and Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, all published by Thames & Hudson. Art critic for the Spectator/ written prolifically about art and jazz, contributes to Daily Telegraph art magazines and exhibition catalogues.

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Marking the first year anniversary of the significant loan of 50 works by Lucian Freud (1922-2011), IMMA, in collaboration with the The Irish Art Research Centre,Trinity College, Dublin (TRIARC) invites leading artists, critics and cultural researchers to offer new perspectives on Freuds work and its critical reception today.

Keynote events rotate on a monthly basis between venues at IMMA and TCD, concluding with a major symposium in April 2018. Each session introduces a distinct topic on this seminal artist’s work.The schedule of speakers include: 18.10.2017 at TCD : Martin Gayford (Art Critic/Author UK) / 01.11.2017 at IMMA:Yvonne Scott (TRIARC TCD) / 06.12.2017 at TCD: Christina Kennedy (IMMA) / 24.01.2018 at IMMA : Noreen Giffney (Ulster University) / 07.02.2018 at TCD: Nathan O’ Donnell (Paper Visual Art-PVA) / 07.03.2018 at IMMA: Isabelle Graw (Städelschule, Frankfurt) / 10.03.2018 at TCD: Daphne Wright (Artist), Angela Griffith (TRIARC- TCD), Christina Kennedy (IMMA) and others.


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