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Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud

Gayford, Martin

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ISBN 10: 0500238758 / ISBN 13: 9780500238752
Published by Thames & Hudson, London, 2010
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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248pp. No other editions or printings cited. Navy boards with brilliant silver lettering on spine; blind-stamped publisher dolphins logo at middle front cover; purple endpapers; spine strong but book lies flat at end of few signatures, as if book placed on copy machine (no evidence that that occurred: speculation). Gray dustwrapper not price-clipped ($40.00) with title lettering in blue over gray across top front cover, above color portrait on lower right half front cover, from which book title taken. No previous owner names. Size: Atlas Folio - over 23" - 25" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006053

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Title: Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a ...

Publisher: Thames & Hudson, London

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First U.S. Edition.

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One of the most original, enjoyable, and informative publications about art in our time: the history of a portrait by a major artist as seen from the sitter’s point of view.

Lucian Freud, perhaps the world's leading portrait painter, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. Gayford describes the process chronologically, from the day he arrived for the first sitting through to his meeting with the couple who bought the finished painting, and he vividly conveys what it is like to be on the inside of the process of creating a work of art.

As Freud completes his portrait of Gayford, so the art critic produces his own portrait of the artist, giving a rare insight into Freud’s working practice. Through their wide-ranging conversations, the reader learns not only about Freud’s choice of models, lighting, setting, pose, and colors, but also about his likes and dislikes, his encounters and experiences, and the ways in which he approaches his relationship with each portrait subject. Gayford records Freud’s observations on the work of Michelangelo, Vermeer, Titian, Chardin, Goya, van Gogh, Mondrian, and his great contemporary Francis Bacon. The book is full of revealing anecdotes about the people Freud has met in the course of his long career, including Max Ernst, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, George Orwell, W. H. Auden, Greta Garbo, and his grandfather Sigmund Freud.

Illustrated with photographs of Freud at work and an etching that Freud did of Gayford after the painting was completed, the book also features other paintings by Freud from the 1940s to the present, as well as images by artists discussed by Freud with Gayford. 50 color and 14 black-and-white illustrations

About the Author:

Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator. His books include Man with a Blue Scarf, A Bigger Message, and Rendez-vouz with Art (with Philippe de Montebello).

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