Freud was born in 1922 in Austria, but when the NSDAP took power in 1933 his family decided to leave for London - and that's where young Lucien received his artistic education and stayed for the rest of his life. His first works are visibly influenced by expressionism and surrealism, but then the influence wears off and we are able to see a mature style that will last to his death in 2011. There were series of paintings depicting horses, linen rags or plants, but what made him famous were the portraits.
And modeling for Freud was not an easy thing. Sometimes, you had to endure eighteen months of five-hours-a-day sessions until he finally decided it's over. Lucien's paintings are divided into "day works" (made with natural light) and "night works" (with artificial source of light). He started with a charcoal sketch and then began painting from a random point, spreading paint in all directions, but always leaving a piece of canvas empty to remind him how unfinished is his work. To obtain the colours of flesh he cleaned the brush after each stroke. Combine all these features and you have the most eccentric perfectionist you can imagine. But it was all worth it.