Among those who regularly visited Freud were figures from the art world, including John Richardson, David Hockney and Frank Auerbach, along with a flow of models and friends. He was as happy in the company of Kate Moss as he was with the Duke of Beaufort. Despite his sense of privacy, Freud's circle was wide.
The book begins in Freud's old studio in Holland Park and then records the artist in his eighteenth-century house, the first floor of which was his final studio. It ends with views of the rooms in which Freud's own extraordinary collection of paintings was hung. It is the only record of the house before the dispersal of the art on his death.
Ultimately David Dawson's photographs create an intimate portrait of the man. The final images are of the hanging of Freud's work in his posthumous London exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Number of Pages: 276
Publication Date: 3 Nov 2014
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 32(H) x 32(L) x 2.1(W)
Weight (gm): 2256
ReviewsThe beauty of [Dawson's] images is not in the immaculate execution but in the minute details of Freud's private life that they uncover... As much a celebration of friendship as it is of the great artist. * Aesthetic Magazine *
A volume that offers an intimate view of the artist's life and work. * Apollo *
As beautiful as it is revealing. * Porter *
Dawson, Freud's assistant and a painter himself, has the artist's eye for a beautiful and telling image. -- Martin Gayford * Spectator *
It's on my Christmas present list! -- Christine Bridger * Four Shires *