Hardcover Book (2012)

    Header Photo: Low resolution detail from the haunting, hypnotic & jaw-droppingly beautiful Lucian Freud painting. Girl in a Dark Jacket, 1947. Quite rightly it was used for the cover for the mother of all art books, Lucian Freud - Portraits (2012), details below. Simply a book to own before you die.

    © The Lucian Freud Archive (as are all images).

    Buy    Details    Gallery

    Lucian Freud Portraits 2012 Exhibition Details

    Girl in a Dark Jacket Portrait, 1947

    Biography    Death

    Gallery    Trivia

    Lucian Freud Set of Postcards

    Lucian Freud Books, Exhibition Catalogues, Dvds and In Depth Reviews

    Search Site

    2 0 1 2

    All images © The Lucian Freud Archive.

    Lucian Freud signed items @ (direct link to signed items and yes they are out there though rare)

    Lucian Freud ~ Portraits Book

    Hardcover: 256 pages
    Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications (9 Feb 2012)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1855144417
    ISBN-13: 978-1855144415
    Product Dimensions: 30 x 23.6 x 3.6 cm

    Item Details


    Buy (direct link to book)

    This book accompanies the National Portrait Gallery's major Spring 2012 exhibition on Lucian Freud Portraits and the subsequent tour to Fort Worth, Texas in July 2012

    Sarah Howgate

    Essay and interviews with Lucian Freud by Michael Auping

    With a contribution by John Richardson

    Lucian Freud was one of the world's greatest realist painters. This new, authoritative survey of Freud's portraits and figure paintings explores his work across seven decades, from the early 1940s to his death in 2011. The book features over 130 paintings, drawings and etchings selected in close collaboration with the artist.

    Available as a paperback and hardcover.

    Such a beautiful cover, it's a shame they felt the need to write anyting on it. 'Lucian Freud - Portraits', tucked on the left hand side as though slightly apologetic for appearing on so beautiful a painting.

    Buy Item

    2012 Exhibition Details

    Lucian Freud

    9 February - 27 May 2012

    National Portrait Gallery

    Opening hours
    Daily 10.00 – 18.00
    Closure commences at 17.50
    Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00
    Closure commences at 20.50

    Last admission to Lucian Freud Portraits is one hour before the Gallery closes.
    Please note that the last half hour entry time slot of the day (Sunday-Wednesday 16.30-17.00, Thursday-Saturday 19.30-20.00) will give you a maximum of 1 hour and 20 minutes to view the exhibition.

    Standard tickets
    Full price £14
    Senior Citizens £13
    Concessions £12
    Children 12–18 years, Registered Unemployed, Students, Disabled people (with free entry for one carer). National Art Pass holders 50% discount.

    Book Tickets Online

    By phone
    Call 0844 248 5033 (transaction fee applies). Can be purchased up to 18.00 on the day before your visit.

    In person
    Advance tickets can be purchased (subject to availability) from the Ticket Desk in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall with no booking fee. The Gallery opens at 10.00. Please note there may be a queue.

    Tickets on the day
    At least 500 tickets will be available for walk-in visitors from the Gallery on the day. These tickets are for available timeslots on that day, tickets for timeslots are allocated on a first, come first served basis. The Gallery opens at 10.00. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note there may be a queue.

    St Martin's Place
    London WC2H 0HE

    By Underground
    The nearest Underground stations to the Gallery are: Charing Cross 230 metres, Leicester Square 195 metres, and Embankment 490 metres. Please note these stations do not have a lift.

    By bus
    Comprehensive bus routes information is available on the Transport for London's Journey Planner website.

    By rail
    Charing Cross station 320 metres from the St Martin's Place entrance.

    By car, taxi or Dial-a-Ride
    Set down and pick up at the ramp entrance in Orange Street, which is reached via Haymarket. The ramp provides direct access to the Contemporary Collection and to temporary exhibitions held in the Wolfson and Porter Galleries.

    There are no car parking facilities at the Gallery. Five public parking spaces for orange/blue badge holders are located in St Martin's Street opposite the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing. A public car park is located on the corner of Whitcomb Street and Orange Street. The car park is approximately 195 metres from the Orange Street entrance to the Gallery. To discuss parking arrangements please contact the car park staff directly on 02078395858. Please note there are height restrictions for tall vehicles.

    Bicycle parking
    The nearest bicycle stands are opposite the main Gallery entrance on St Martin’s Place, and behind the National Gallery’s Education Centre on Orange Street.

    Girl in a Dark Jacket Portrait, 1947

    Lucian Freud
    Girl in a Dark Jacket Portrait, 1947
    © The Lucian Freud Archive

    A detail of this painting was, of course, used for the cover of this exquisite book. It is my favourite painting from Freud because her eyes are so big and hypnotic and yet pensive. Freud has made her astonishingly beautiful and yet vulnerable, from the sensual lips to the slight disquiet, the tension at, perhaps, having her portrait done.

    There is also a beautiful fragility to her which reminds me of a Koo Stark.

    I'm so obsessed with The Girl in a Dark Jacket that I have deliberately gone out of my way to find nothing out about her. By mistake I found out she was his first wife but blanked everything out since then as I want her to have no name. I want her to exist in my mind, and for me only, still there, somewhere, in a cafe overlooking the river or waiting at Vauxhall Bus Station for a bus to take her over the river and to Holland Park. I want her to be in 1947 forever ... I want her to just be.

    And when I belong to the past as we all do one day I wonder if I can reach her if only to say: 'Do you come here often?'.

    1947. All those years ago. I wonder if she is still around these days? I wonder. But I don't want to know. The Girl in a Dark Jacket. Forever 1947. Forever now, for she looks timeless. You could see her in 2016 with that hairdo and those clothes and she wouldn't look out of place or dated. Stunningly beautiful whatever the year. Freud has painted a woman for all seasons, for a 1000 years from now. She may come from the recent past but she belongs to the future and to those yet unborn who have the joy of one day finding her and the art of Lucian Freud.


    Thinking about it, Freud had a way with the ladies. Can you imagine if you had just 10% success with the women as the great man had you'd die a happy man. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of beautiful flesh his hands have been over. If I believed in reincarnation I'd definately want to come back as Lucian Freud's fingertips.

    Item Gallery

    Buy Item & Condition

  • Price: Sold Out

    Available: (direct link to book)

    Lucian Freud

    Biography    Death

    Gallery    Trivia

    Lucian Freud Set of Postcards

    Lucian Freud - Portraits Book Review

    Lucian Freud - William Feaver (2005) Book Review

    Lucian Freud - Paintings (1989) Book Review

    Lucian Freud - Taschen Book (2007)

    Lucian Freud - Marlborough Exhibition Catalogue, October 1963

    Lucian Freud - Etchings 1946-2004 Book

    Lucian Freud - The Painter's Etchings Book

    Etchings of Lucian Freud - A Catalogue Raisonne 1946-1995 Book

    Lucian Freud - Acqueforti Italian Book

    Lucian Freud by William Feaver Book

    The Glass Tower Illustrated by Lucian Freud Book

    Lucian Freud - Arts Council 1974 Catalogue

    Lucian Freud - Recent Drawings and Etchings 1994 Catalogue

    Lucian Freud - Recent Etchings 1995-1999 Marlborough Graphics Exhibition Catalogue, 1999

    Lucian Freud - Drawings, Selected by William Feaver Book

    Lucian Freud - The Studio Book

    Lucian Freud - Portraits Dvd

    Lucian Freud on Paper Book

    A Painter's Progress: A Portrait of Lucian Freud Book

    Search Site    Top of Page

    © Lenin Imports