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Book Reviews — Geordie Greig's “Breakfast With Lucian”

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 5:30 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Breakfast With Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain’s Great Modern Painter by Geordie Greig; Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A painter applies more than pigment to a canvas. He can mix as many hues as he wishes, but some of the most important colors to appear in a work are ones not found on his palette. Those shades come from both the external and internal life of the artist — the events, episodes, loves, and intrigues that color the resulting works. The figurative painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) had a vast inventory of such colors that he exploited.

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  • Jill Meyer posted at 8:18 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    phoebes Posts: 9

    This well-written review is quite right about Geordie's book. It is excellent. However, if you'd like to read more about Lucien Freud, another superb book is Martin Gayford's book, "The Man in the Blue Scarf". It's a memoir about posing for a Freud portrait. Gayford is a noted British art critic and he writes about his friendship with Freud and his posing - clothed - for a portrait.

    Both are well worth reading.

     
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