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Lucian Freud (P '40) "Painted Life"

Lucian Freud agreed to the landmark BBC 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 (running from 9 February to 27 May 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.

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.

The documentary, some of which is filmed here at Bryanston will be shown on BBC2 on Saturday 18 February.