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By Scott Roberto / February 28, 12:00 AM
A Self-Made Man

Self portraits by British master Lucian Freud come to the Museum of Fine Arts

Lucian Freud, Reflection (Self‑portrait) (detail), 1985


British master Lucian Freud (1922–2011), one of the most renowned portrait painters of his generation, also turned his brush towards images of himself throughout his artistic career. A collection of such works form the basis of Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits, which begins March 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts. More than 40 works on canvas and paper populate the show, chronicling the evolution of his brushwork over the years while unflinchingly capturing the artist as he aged. This exhibit, the first one to exclusively focus on Freud’s depictions of himself, is an unprecedented look at an artists’ life, forming a de facto autobiography on the gallery’s very walls. 

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