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Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

David Bickerstaff

United Kingdom | 2020 | 1 h 26 min
English |
Subtitles: English
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A celebrated British painter, Lucian Freud stands out as one of the few 20th-century artists consistently capturing himself in self-portraits. Over seven decades, his self-portraits offer a captivating journey through his psyche and artistic evolution, spanning from 1939 to 64 years later. This unyielding gaze has produced a powerful collection of figurative works, positioning Freud at the forefront of British painting. Through interviews with sitters, friends, and art experts like Tim Marlow and Martin Gayford, this compelling documentary unveils the life’s work of a master. Together, these portraits create a riveting exploration of aging and the art of self-representation.
Director David Bickerstaff
Executive Production Phil Grabsky

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David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff

David Bickerstaff is an artist and award-winning filmmaker who founded Atomictv in 1997 as an umbrella organisation for developing digital art projects and collaborations. His documentary work and video installations such as The Lukhang, Hygieia, Heavy Water: a film for Chernobyl and Making War Horse have been broadcast in Britain and shown in many international festivals, which include the Wellcome Collection, Vitra Museum, Onedotzero, Festival International du Film sur L’Art Montreal, and the documentary fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art New York. In recent years, he has been directing and filming a series of short artist documentaries for Art360 Foundation, which offers funding for artists to build an archive of their work.

David has also been collaborating with producer Phil Grabsky at the innovative Exhibition On Screen, directing, filming, and co-writing ten feature-length art documentaries. This popular series is distributed to 63 countries and shown in over 1500 cinemas worldwide. Each film looks at an iconic artist and a major exhibition of their work in world-renowned art galleries. Titles include Sunflowers, Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait, Van Gogh & Japan, Degas: A Passion for Perfection, Michelangelo: Love and Death, Canaletto & The Art of Venice, along with other films about artists such as Claude Monet, Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco Goya.

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