Lucian Freud, now in his 80s, has always been at pains to preserve his privacy. In recent years, as his fame has increased and his eminence as a painter has matured into pre-eminence, the artist has become the object of endless and generally inaccurate press interest.
Lucian Freud: Portraits is an analysis of the artist as seen through the eyes of those who have been best placed to study him; his sitters.
Over a period of two years film-maker Jake Auerbach and Freuds biographer, William Feaver filmed many of Freuds subjects, ranging from the late Duke of Devonshire and the now Dowager Duchess of Devonshire to fellow painters David Hockney and Celia Paul; from friends such as Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles to ex-lovers, daughters and grand-daughters.
Unprecedented, intimate and revealing, the film weaves these interviews with a large selection of work by one of the great artists of our century.
"A beautiful and telling film but disturbing too" -- The Guardian
"Mesmerising" -- The Times
A striking study of the ruthlessness of talent -- The Independent
Intimate...and somewhat chilling -- Daily telegraph