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A Painter's Progress
Author: David Dawson

ISBN: 9780224097123
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 6 November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.5 x 29.2 x 2.8
Description:
A hidden look at Lucian Freud, one of the greatest British painters, through the lens of his assistant

For nearly twenty years David Dawson was Lucian Freud's assistant, companion and model. Freud was famously private. He carefully avoided distraction. With few exceptions, he only wanted those he knew well, like the late Bruce Bernard, to photograph him. David Dawson was in a unique position and Freud became comfortable in the presence of his camera. Photographing became part of the daily round of the studio. The results revealed many stages of paintings in progress. Few artists, if any, have had their lives and their work recorded over such a length of time.

Amont those who regularly visited Freud were figures from the art world, including John Richardson, David Hockney and Frank Auerbach, along with a flow of models and friends. He was as happy in the company of Kate Moss as he was with the Duke of Beaufort. Despite his sense of privacy, Freud's circle was wide.

The book begins in Freud's old studio in Holland Park and then records the artist in his eighteenth-century house, the first floor of which was his fi...

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