A personal portrayal: Sculpture by Jane McAdam Freud
In a couple of weeks, the Lucian Freud exhibit opens at the National Portrait Gallery. To add to your insights about the artist you might want to visit the Freud Museum where his daughter, artist Jane McAdam Freud presents a large scale sculpture portraying her father Lucian Freud. It will be unveiled and exhibited for the first time in London’s Freud Museum – once home to her great grandfather, Sigmund Freud.
according to the Freud Museum:
Jane spent many hours with her father in the months before his death in July 2011 making sketches for this new work. It will be shown at the Freud Museum alongside other smaller scale work and preparatory sketches.
Although a great inspiration to her and a regular presence in her childhood, Lucian Freud became only an occasional figure in his daughter’s life as she grew up; when Jane was eight years old, father and daughter lost contact, only to reconnect when Jane was 31. By then she was respected artist herself, having established a reputation as a sculptor under the name of Jane McAdam. When they met again, Jane says:
At that time I saw my father regularly and, over about six months, we made sculpture. While we sat for each other, modelling in wax, we chatted a lot and he taught me about light – to work from natural daylight or electric light, but not both at the same time. He taught me what it meant to really concentrate. He looked with every inch of his body, his muscles, and nerves, his whole being. We darted around each other looking at the forms; it was exhausting and demanding – but also enlivening and inspiring.
Some time ago, I asked him if he would sit for me. True to his word, he sat for me very recently. The last time I saw my father was shortly before his death, when I finished the sketches of him. I’ve now used them to make this large portrait sculpture. It helps me to keep him alive.