with Annie Freud at the Lucian Freud Photo Opening, Freud Museum Wien

with Annie Freud at the Lucian Freud Photo Opening, Freud Museum Wien

Last night was a second opening, of an exhibit at the Freud Museum of photographs of Lucian Freud working in his studio – a companion exhibit to the paintings at the KHM. I had the honor of talking at some length with Annie Freud, Lucian’s oldest daughter. She unabashedly took me into the book shop and showed me reproductions of some of the naked portraits her father had painted of her. I said, “I’m sure you’ve been asked this a thousand times, but what was it like posing for your own father?” Her response was “The whole spectrum of emotions – boredom, quiet, frustration, vulnerable, receiving attention. I couldn’t say no. Of course we didn’t know then that children have rights! He tried to entertain us when he thought about it.” Now she says she is very proud of her father and his great achievement, and was close to him in his later years. For an interesting, more critical article on Lucian Freud’s relationship to his children, see the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2421406/Lucian-Freud-portrait-peculiar-father.html.


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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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