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Art Lovers Book Club ~ Man With a Blue Scarf

Event Details

September 17, 2015 4:00 PM
Location: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
410 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Email: cmotsinger@crma.org
Phone: 3193667503
Website: http://www.crma.org/Event/Detail/1151/Art-Lovers-Book-Club-Man-With-a-Blue-Scarf.aspx

Event Description

This month’s book discussion is of Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portait by Lucien Freud by Martin Gayford. Lucian Freud (1922-2011), widely regarded as the greatest figurative painter of our time, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. The daily narrative of their encounters takes the reader into that most private place, the artist’s studio, and to the heart of the working methods of this modern master—both technical and subtly psychological. From this emerges an understanding of what a portrait is, but something else is also created: a portrait, in words, of Freud himself. This is not a biography, but a series of close-ups: the artist at work and in conversation at restaurants, in taxis, and in his studio. It takes one into the company of the painter for whom Picasso, Giacometti, and Francis Bacon were friends and contemporaries, as were writers such as George Orwell and W. H. Auden.