The legendary figure of the younger generation: Lucian Freud's critical reception
Critical responses to Lucian Freud's work varied enormously over his lifetime, ranging from the early favour he received within cultural circles up until the 1950s, to comparative neglect in later decades, to his eventual return, by the end of the twentieth century, to a position of assured centrality. This talk excavates the newspaper and magazine reviews and responses to Freud's work over time, charting how his reputation was cultivated, and contextualised, through the lens of transatlantic contemporary art journalism.
Nathan O’Donnell is an IRC Enterprise Postdoctoral Research Fellow, based between IMMA & TRIARC, as part of the IMMA Collection Freud Project. He is also one of the co-editors of Paper Visual Art Journal, and his first book, on Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism, is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press.
IMMA/ TCD Talk Series / 18 October 2017 - April 2018
Marking the first year anniversary of the significant loan of 50 works by Lucian Freud (1922-2011), IMMA, in collaboration with the The Irish Art Research Centre,Trinity College, Dublin (TRIARC) invites leading artists, critics and cultural researchers to offer new perspectives on Freuds work and its critical reception today.
IMMA COLLECTION FREUD PROJECT (2016 – 21)
IMMA has secured a significant five-year loan of 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud (1922-2011). Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality.
The Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, (TRIARC)
TRIARC was established in 2003 in response to the growing interest in Irish art at home and abroad. Since then, the centre provides postgraduate teaching and supervision and it supports new research and publications. The establishment of the centre was facilitated by the generous support of benefactors, enabling the appointment of dedicated staff, and the restoration of the Provost's House Stables to provide facilities for education and research, including a visual archive and dedicated library on all aspects of Irish art, architecture and design.
This talk took place on 7 February 2018, at Robert Emmet Lecture Hall, TCD.