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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Jonathan Cape; Auflage: 1st Edition (3. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0224096850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224096850
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 2,6 x 24,4 cm
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"Geordie Greig has written a gripping, elegant and original book, shapely and full of unexpected matter. It will surely establish him as a master biographer." (V. S. Naipaul)

"Geordie Greig has written an extraordinary, candid book which is at times intensely shocking and at other times even more intensely moving." (Antonia Fraser)

"Insightful, gossipy, funny, a bit shocking. The most entertaining biography I have read in a long time." (Philip Kerr Daily Mail)

"Breakfast with Lucian is a superb, flawlessly crafted portrait of about as messy a life as was ever lived...out of which emerged the greatest British painter of the past one hundred years." (Tom Wolfe)

"A must for lovers of that extraordinary artist." (Sunday Telegraph)


'Breakfast with Lucian is a superb, flawlessly crafted portrait of about as messy a life as was ever lived...out of which emerged the greatest British painter of the past one hundred years.' Tom Wolfe

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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dr. Barbara Lindner-löwer am 17. Februar 2014
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Gives a good impression of his highly difficult character ,attitude towards women and his highly-sexed nature.
I missed the voices of his women ,family ,relationship with other family members and opinion on /connection to his former mothercountry germany. -if there was any.
Gives a good example of his way of painting and attitude towards his models.
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The title tells it all. 1. November 2013
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Do the "special people", the ones who have shown outstanding talents in the arts, sports, etc, deserve to be judged differently by society? Does their "greatness" exempt them from the same rules that seem to govern the rest of us? If so, then surely one example of this is the life of the late artist, Lucian Freud. Freud, grandson of Sigmund Freud, was a leading artist in the second half of the 20th century. He was known for his portraits; incredible and penetrating looks into the face, figure, and attendant ambiance of the sitter.

Lucian Freud was the middle son of three born to Lucie and Ernst Freud, in Berlin, in 1922. Ernst didn't follow his father into medicine - he became an architect - but Lucian, in a way, followed his father into the arts. The family saw the political "light" rather early on and moved to London in 1933. Did being Jewish in Germany, being German in England, give Lucian a sort of "outsider" mentality that he carried into his work? Beats me; maybe grandpa Sigmund could have given an answer to that. But Sigmund died in England in 1939 and so never knew his grandson past his youthful years.

Young Freud was an "enfant terrible" in his early years as a painter. (Actually, he was an "enfant terrible" his entire life!) Beginning in the 1940's, Freud found growing fame as an artist and also as a lover of women (and in some cases, men). He was married twice and had four children by his first wife. In all, he had 14 "acknowledged" children and possibly more who he never acknowledged. Using birth control was obviously never real high on his list of life priorities; though neither was it high to the six or so women he impregnated. A lackadaisical father - at best - Freud rarely seemed to let the responsibilities of fatherhood impinge on his life or his work. Several of his children posed for him - in some cases, nude - and while the "ick" factor is pretty high there, none of the kids seemed to find anything amiss. He was close to some of this lovers and wives and distant with others. Some family members had his private telephone number and others didn't. He was probably closer to his bookies - he was an prodigious gambler - and many of his business deals involved selling paintings to pay off his debts. He also used his bookies as portrait subjects.

Lucian Freud actually used a lot of different people as subjects. Another excellent book on Freud and his art is "Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud", by Martin Gayford, is still in print and well-worth reading. And his portraits... One of my greatest personal joys was seeing the massive exhibit of Freud's work at London's "National Portrait Gallery" after his death in 2011. No paintings in a book, no matter how well reproduced, can approach the vividness of seeing the work on the museum's walls. Many of his paintings are huge and can capture the eye and the mind for hours.

Okay, Lucian Freud lived an unconventional life. Still seducing young women, he fathered his last child at the age of 62 with a woman younger than many of his older children. He was secretive to the max and lived in a fairly furtive manner. He squashed the publication of two biographies and his fellow artists and family and friends all knew not to talk to the press. So how did this book get written?

Geordie Greig is a journalist and editor of the "Tatler" and a life-long art lover. He had been following Freud's career since he had been a student at Eton, and was looking for a way to meet the reclusive painter. In the mid-1990's he approached Freud by letter and Freud agreed to meet with him. This one meeting in a private room in a public cafe that Freud used as his breakfast shop resulted in a 15 or so year friendship. Freud openly talked about his life, work, and loves with the proviso that a book could be written using the material and published after his death. (In case you're wondering, Gayford's book is more about "sitting" for Freud than about Freud's life. That book was published before Freud's death).

The only complaint I have about Greig's book is the lack of many photos of Lucian Freud's work. I assume it was a matter of not getting "rights" to publish them but it's a bit disappointing not to see the pictures the author refers to in the text. But I think a site like "Wiki images" may have some. I remember many of the paintings from the 2012 exhibit in London. One painting that isn't in the book - but referred to - and probably the reader should try to find is "The Brigadier", which is a portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles. Parker Bowles - the first husband of Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles's wife - is a heavy-weight in his own world and the subject of a Freud painting that shows a man at ease with his own power. It's quite stunning.

Georgie Grieg's book is well worth reading for its intimate look at a great painter. Greig and Freud may have become friends in Freud's later years, but Greig writes a powerful book about Freud's whole life.
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Gossip with Crumpets 10. Juni 2014
Von ShrewdShopper - Veröffentlicht auf
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Full disclosure, I'm a painter who has followed the work of Lucien Freud for many years so I'm predisposed to liking anything I read about him. There were times, however, when I'd have felt like I needed to shower after reading Breakfast With Lucien if it hadn't had that erudite British voice behind it. Gossipy bordering on trashy. It made me not like Lucien very much and somehow never really explained how his charm and charisma made up for all his dicey behavior. Evidently it did because the people in his life, according to Mr. Greig, were tremendously loyal and forgiving, but I'd have liked to have a deeper explanation of why. I thought the much better book about Lucien was The Man With the Blue Scarf by Martin Gayford. But if you like the inside dirt (with the emphasis on dirt) about an artist then you'll certainly enjoy Breakfast With Lucien.
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Don Giovanni as a painter 22. November 2013
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This is a funny and appalling page-turner about a modern Don Juan, written in a journalistic style that is almost always engaging. It's also a very good-looking books with nice prints and photos. If you're a Lucian Freud fan like me, it should be pure ratnip. I meant to go on at greater length, but I just read Dwight Garner's review in the New York Times and he really says it all -- take a look.
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Gossipy as insight. 11. Dezember 2013
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Reviews in the New York Times keep calling this gossipy. I thought it put names to the faces of models in Freud's paintings that heretofore had been anonymous....I found it deeply interesting to know that one model may be his daughter, another his gambling agent. Very lively.
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indeed outrageous 9. Mai 2014
Von ronald holliday - Veröffentlicht auf
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Personal insight into an artist who marched to his own drummer,often with disturbing care for his family and friends.Nonetheless an entertaining read.
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