New York Review of Books, 2020. Hardcover. New. Item #303087
A rich, penetrating memoir about the author's relationship with a flawed but influential figure--the painter Lucian Freud--and the satisfactions and struggles of a life lived through art.
One of Britain's most important contemporary painters, Celia Paul has written a reflective, intimate memoir of her life as an artist. Self-Portrait tells the artist's story in her own words, drawn from early journal entries as well as memory, of her childhood in India and her days as a art student at London's Slade School of Fine Art; of her intense decades-long relationship with the older esteemed painter Lucian Freud and the birth of their son; of the challenges of motherhood, the unresolvable conflict between caring for a child and remaining commited to art; of the invisible skeins between people, the profound familial connections Paul communicates through her paintings of her mother and sisters; and finally, of the mystical presence in her own solitary vision of the world around her.
Self-Portrait is a powerful, liberating evocation of a life and of a life-long dedication to art.