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4.0 out of 5 stars
Lucian Freud, william feaver 2007, 26 Feb. 2008
This is a comprehensive study of the work of Lucian Freud spanning his entire career to date. Although other volumes have been published, none since the large Bruce Bernard retrospective have been quite as vast an account as this one. The Bernard book is also quite hard to find these days and you could be expected to pay upwards of £100 for a good copy.
I have studied the Bernard book and this one by Feaver is easily as good and is even longer due to the simple fact that Freud has made many more works since the Bernard book was published in 1996.
If you don't own a Freud book then this is a great one to buy. If you do you may be disapointed at the amount of images you will already have seen. However, that is the only reason I have given this book 4 stars and not 5. There are conversations between Freud and Feaver within and an essay by Feaver gets the book off to a good start. I have read more challenging essays on Freud in other publications but this book seems to point more at the work than be a critical study and this essay by Feaver is a great read.
I own many books on Freud and I wasn't disapointed with this one as the work from his early and middle career is covered in greater detail than in previous books. The images I had not seen more than made up for the fact that I had seen many of the others. The attractive slip case sealed the deal as I am a sucker for good presentation!
Now in his 85th year Freud is still making work and this publication by Feaver brings us right up to date on the career of one of Britains most celebrated figurative artists.