love lucian: the letters of lucian freud 1939–1954
the young lucian freud was described by his friend stephen spender as ‘totally alive, like something not entirely human, a leprechaun, a changeling child, or, if there is a male opposite, a witch.’ all that magnetism and brilliance is displayed in the letters assembled here. ranging from schoolboy messages to his parents, through letters and carefully-chosen, often embellished postcards to friends, lovers and confidants, to correspondence with patrons and associates. they are peppered with wit, affection and irreverence.
alongside rarely seen photographs and freud’s extraordinary works, each chapter charts freud’s evolving art alongside intimate accounts of his life.