The 's First Retrospective Exhibition

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Lucian Freud was a German born British artist. After being born on December 8th of 1922, he lived in Berlin for 11 years. His family then moved to London, England because of the rise of Nazism. He studied at the Central School of Arts in London for a year, then from 1939-42 at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Debham and in 1942-43 at Goldsmiths ' College in London. He had his first solo exhibition in 1944 at the Lefevre Gallery. Before moving to Holland Park, Freud owned a studio in Paddington, London for 30 years. He was close friends with other English artist such as Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach, who all help establish the art movement known as “The School of London”. This was a movement of figurative artists who all knew each other during the boom years of abstract painting. Freud’s first retrospective exhibition was organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1974 at the Hayward Gallery in London. In 1989 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2001 he completed his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Although he got harshly criticized for this painting, it did not greatly harm his reputation. Later on he had many more retrospective shows. The latest Lucian Freud exhibit was at the London National Portrait Gallery in 2012, 6 months after his death. Lucian Freud died on July 20, 2011, since then there have been auctions of his paintings that have sold for up to 52.6 million dollars. Although Freud has had many different painting styles, his
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