Lucian Freud


Birthday December 8, 1922

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Berlin, Germany

DEATH DATE Jul 20, 2011 (88)

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Expressionist and surrealist artist best known for his psychologically penetrating portraits of nudes. His works included the self-portrait "Man with Thistle" from 1946 and "Girl with a Kitten" from 1947.

Before Fame

He studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing and later attended Goldsmiths College. He then served as a merchant seaman for a year.


He was meticulous in his labor, sometimes taking 16 months and 2,400 hours to complete a portrait.

Family Life

He was born to a German Jewish woman named Lucie and an Austrian Jewish father, the famed architect Ernst L. Freud. He had at least 14 biological children and was reported to have fathered over 40. He had a tumultuous, six-year-long marriage with Guinness beer heiress Caroline Blackwood.

Associated With

He was the grandson of Sigmund Freud.