Larger-than-life British artist Lucian Freud had a career lasting over seven decades. He worked almost until the day he died, when he left his portrait of friend and studio assistant David Dawson unfinished. This sumptuous, two- volume, slipcased publication celebrates Freud’s work from the 1930s to his death in 2011, and includes hundreds of paintings, drawings and sketches, and etchings – even illustrated private letters. This is both a vital contribution to art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to the bookshelves of art lovers around the world.
Martin Gayford is a writer and art critic for The Spectator magazine. He sat for a portrait by Freud in 2003–5, an experience he recounted in Man with a Blue Scarf (2010). Painter David Dawson is represented by Marlborough Fine Art, London. He was Freud’s assistant from 1991 until his death, and a frequent model for his paintings. Mark Holborn is an editor, designer, and writer who has worked with many leading artists over the last 30 years.