on sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud

Over a period of nine months during 2003-2004, writer and critic Martin Gayford sat for a painting by Lucian Freud, and later, several months for an etching. In Man with a Blue Scarf Gayford describes his relationship with Freud as a sitter, a fair amount of information about the external process of making the painting, and occasionally, details that provide insight into how the work may unfold from Freud’s point of view.

The painting with the book title was included in Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings at MOMA, 2007-2008, with the companion etching. In this related media file, Gayford talks briefly about his experience.

There are also clips on YouTube from Lucian Freud:Portraits, a film by Jake Auerbach and William Feaver, parts one and two, that contain interviews with a variety of Freud’s subjects, family members, friends and acquaintances. Together with Gayford’s book, these provide a very nice sense of the relationships that Freud fosters with his models in order to meet the requirements of the work.