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Freud exhibition opens in February

  • Date: 23 September 2011
  • Area: National
painting of a man's head and shoulders

'Self Portrait, Reflection', by Lucien Freud. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Painter Lucian Freud's 'inquisitive brilliance' will be laid bare for all to see at one of the biggest exhibitions of his work at the National Portrait Gallery in London early next year.

The show will include the final painting on which Freud worked, Portrait Of The Hound 2011, before he died in July aged 88.

Around 100 paintings will go on display, featuring many which have rarely been seen.

The portraiture will include some of Freud's earliest paintings, going back to the 1940s, which have been borrowed from museums and collectors from around the world.

Lucian Freud Portraits opens in February 2012.

The gallery's Director Sandy Nairne said: 'The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to bring together so many outstanding portraits created by one of the great artists of our time. Lucian Freud painted people with an inquisitive brilliance.'