Sue Tilley on Lucian Freud: The Artist and his Muse

  • The Wellington


  • Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts and Classes
  • Tickets from £12.00
  • Over 18
  • Thu, 19th Mar 2020 @ 18:30 - 20:30
  • 18:30 - 20:30

Lucian Freud (1922 - 2011) is widely considered to be the greatest British artist of the second half of the Twentieth Century. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, his family emigrated to Britain in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. Freud trained at the Central School of Art and spent most of his career in Paddington, an inner-city area whose seediness is reflected in his often sombre and moody interiors. He began painting nudes in the 1960s where he developed the thickly impastoed style which became his trade mark. Freud believed in developing an intimate relationship with his models and insisted on getting to know their personalities as well as their bodies as he wanted to paint the complete person.

In this talk, Sue Tilley turns the canvas to reveal the story of Lucian Freud highlighting her time as the muse of his masterpiece and the hilarious gossip this unique position entailed.

Sue Tilley

Sue Tilley is one of the most recognisable muses in modern British art. She modelled for Lucian Freud in the early 1990s, a seminal period of the artist's career and one of his portraits of her entitled "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping" sold for a record £17.2 million, the highest price paid for a painting by a living artist. She is now an artist, presenter and writer.




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Sue Tilley on Lucian Freud

At the Wellington

18:30 - 20:30 £12.00



The Wellington, 91, Jermyn Street, St. James's, SW1Y 6JB

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