Man's Head (Self Portrait III) 1963

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Painter, born in Berlin, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who moved to England at the age of ten. He studied at the Central School of Art and the East Anglian School of Painting. His first exhibition was at the Lefevre Gallery in 1944. In 1951 Freud won the Arts Council prize at the Festival of Britain and in 1954 his work was shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Since then major exhibitions include the Hayward Gallery (1988), the Whitechapel Gallery (1993) and a retrospective at Tate Britain (2002–2003). Celebrated for his intensely observed portraits and nude studies, Freud has said, 'as far as I am concerned, the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as the flesh does.' By the time this portrait was painted, the Surrealist tendencies and meticulous attention to detail of Freud's early work in the 1940s had been superseded by a more expressive use of paint.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Man's Head (Self Portrait III) 1963




oil on canvas


H 30.5 x W 25.1 cm

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Purchased, 1978

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