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William Feaver on the Lives of Lucian Freud

24 October 2019

£12 – £15

The London Library, St James’s Square, London

In partnership with The London Library and Jewish Book Week, renowned art critic, William Feaver, discusses the first volume of his landmark new work of biography of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke most weeks for many years to Feaver – his close confidante and collaborator – about painting and the art world, but also about his life and loves. The result is a definitive, electrifying biography, shot through with Freud’s own words. In the first of two volumes, Feaver traces a brilliant and passionate young man’s coming of age: his childhood in Weimar Berlin through art school and the Merchant Navy, his post-war adventures in Paris and Greece, and his return to Soho, where he consorted with aristocracy, violent criminals and muses from Greta Garbo to Margot Fonteyn.

Doors and drinks: 6.45pm

Talk: 7pm

William Feaver was art critic for the Observer for 23 years, as well as working extensively as a painter, curator. 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.

Jewish Book Week is an annual international literary festival, held in London, which brings together writers and speakers from the worlds of history, journalism, philosophy, science, art, music, poetry and fiction in a celebration of ideas. The 2020 festival will run from 29 February to 8 March.

Founded in 1841, The London Library is one of the world’s leading literary institutions. Our collection contains over one million books and periodicals dating from the 1700s to the present day, most of which can be browsed and borrowed by members. A unique literary oasis in the heart of London, we are a home for anyone who loves the written word.


24 October 2019
£12 – £15
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