Lucian Freud: Painted Life

Saturday 18 February



Considered the greatest realist artist since the Second World War, Lucian Freud agreed to this landmark BBC Two documentary by award-winning director Randall Wright only months before he died in July 2011.

Broadcast to coincide with the long-awaited exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2012, the film explores Freud’s life and work, from his childhood escape from Hitler in 1934, through the bohemian early years in 50s and 60s London, to international adulation in old age.

Today Freud’s reputation continues to grow. Vast crowds attend his exhibitions and his masterpiece, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping (nicknamed 'Big Sue') sold in 2008 for a record-breaking $34m.

Fiercely intelligent, Freud commanded great loyalty and affection from his friends, family and lovers. After his death they have spoken, often for the first time, to tell the extraordinary story of a man who dedicated his life to painting portraits at a time when painting, let alone realist painting, was said to be dead.