Kate Middleton chose the National Portrait Gallery’s opening of a special collection of Lucian Freud the occasion for her first solo public appearance. The Duchess of Cambridge majored in art history while attending St. Andrews University so it’s fitting that the Gallery museum is one of her preferred charities.
As described by the National Portrait Gallery, “Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) was one of the most important and influential artists of his generation. Insightful paintings of the artist’s lovers, friends and family, referred to by the artist as the ‘people in my life’, demonstrate the psychological drama and unrelenting observational intensity of his work.”
Reflection, Lucian Freud, 1985
Portrait of the Queen
Freud was one of the most famous British artists of the 20th century. His piece “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping” set an auction record for a living artist when it sold for 33.6 million in 2008.
Also in attendance for the opening event was acclaimed photographer Mary McCartney, eldest daughter of Paul McCartney.
Lucian Freud: Portraits runs February 9 – May 27 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.