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Lucian Freud: Family Matters at the Freud Museum from 6 July 2022 to 29 January 2023

The Freud Museum honours what would have been the centenary year of British painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011), the Museum stages its first ever exhibition of the great portrait artist’s work. Lucian Freud: Family Matters will feature paintings, drawings, family photographs, books and letters, all drawn from galleries and private collections, the Museum’s archives and members of Lucian Freud’s family. Some of the items have never, or very rarely, been seen in public before.

The exhibition will run from 6 July 2022 to 29 January 2023 at the Freud Museum at 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, the final home of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud (1895-1982), the pioneering child psychoanalyst.

Lucian Freud made a major impact on British art history. Like his grandfather, Sigmund, Lucian was fascinated by the human condition and often using family and friends as his subjects, over a 60-year career.

Photograph of Ernst, Clement, Lucian and Stephen Gabriel Freud taken on holiday in Hiddensee, Germany
© Freud Museum London

Taking place in the intimate setting of the Freud family home, the exhibition will focus on works related to Lucian Freud’s childhood, family and friends. It will explore some less well-known aspects of his life, including his love of reading, and lifelong fascination with horses, as well as his relationships with the two former occupants of 20 Maresfield Gardens: his grandfather, Sigmund and his aunt, Anna.

Palm Tree by Lucian Freud (1944)
Pastel, chalk and ink on paper
© Freud Museum London

Alongside Lucian Freud’s paintings and drawings, the exhibition will include illustrated childhood letters, books he owned and book covers he designed, and his sole surviving sculpture, Three-legged Horse (1937) and early painting, Palm Tree (1944), which he gave to Anna.

Photograph of Clement, Lucian and Stephen Freud, c. 1933
© Freud Museum London

While part of a calendar of Lucian Freud centenary exhibitions across the country in 2022, the exhibition’s intimacy and family connections add a unique dimension. Public events will complement the exhibition and an accompanying outreach programme will include specially constructed exhibition visits and art workshops for families and groups in the local community.

The Freud Museum: The house at 20 Maresfield Gardens remained the Freud family home until Anna Freud’s death in 1982. Anna bequeathed the house to become a museum and the Freud Museum opened its doors to the public in 1986. The Freud Museum exists to promote the intellectual and cultural legacies of Sigmund and Anna Freud for the learning and enjoyment of all.


Lucian Freud: Family Matters

The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5SX.

Dates: 6 July 2022 – 29 January 2023.

Opening hours: 10.30am – 5pm, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and tickets, visit the Freud museum website here

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