Lucian Freud, 1956

Black and white photo of Lucien Freud

Lucien Freud © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sothebys London / Collection National Portrait Gallery, London

By the time this portrait was painted, the artist Freud’s Surrealist tendencies and the meticulous attention to detail of his early work in the 1940s had been superseded by a more expressive use of paint. Other photographs from this shoot show Lady Caroline Blackwood, to whom he was then married (1953-8), and who inspired some of his most important paintings.

Published in Face of the World with Beaton's caption;

'His black curly hair, intensely restless eyes, bright woolen scarf or checked trousers of decidedly zazou cut, have become a landmark in the artistic life of London.'

Photographed for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue's main rival, for which Beaton began work in 1956.