'The artist’s riotous lust for life is revealed …The publication of Lucian Freud’s letters is like the moment in Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary when Paul McCartney picks up his bass and creates Get Back out of thin air. It’s letting daylight in on magic … part of the charm of this book is the revelation - to me, at least - of his sense of humour'
'Lively ... Here Freud’s letters and postcards, in his strangely childlike writing and often augmented with drawings, shed a very personal light on his life and loves … Addressed to lovers, family and friends such as Stephen Spender, Kenneth Clark and Sonia Orwell, Freud’s correspondence fizzes with joshing and drolleries'
The Times, Best Art Books of the Year
'A model of intelligent design … The raw spontaneity and energy of each illustrated page conveys Freud’s moods and preoccupations in a way that no biographer can match. Altogether, this is as vivid a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as we shall ever have, and compelling reading for Freud aficionados and amateur psychologists alike'
'Handsome and enthralling … LOVE LUCIAN is unique, a sort of biographical tapestry woven around a set of missives reproduced in facsimile that are at once skimpy, slapdash, funny and, in many cases, idiosyncratically but beautifully illustrated works of pictorial art'
'Playful, gossipy and charming – unpublished letters by a young Lucian Freud show the great artist in a new light'
'Charming … reveals a new side of [Freud’s] character'
The Art Newspaper
'Witty and irreverent'
'Sheds light on the internal voice and ponderings of one of the greatest painters of the 20th century ... a revelation'
'Offer[s] the artist's correspondence in facsimile, the better to appreciate his doodles and drawings ... [A] sumptuous, illustrated collage of the artist's development'
'A lively and entertaining read'
'An inviting portrait of the artist as a young man through facsimiles of his handwritten, often lavishly embellished personal correspondence ... Richly illustrated'
'Love Lucian is beautifully presented, and contextualized with wit and an expert’s discernment. It doesn’t hurt that Freud was one of the century’s great talkers, rogues, and talents'
'Compelling and subtly captivating … That the letters are reproduced in full colour adds much to the book’s charm and gives a great sense of intimacy … Alongside the letters is a sensitively written account of the progress of Lucian’s contemporary life as well as a generous selection of superb reproductions of his work, providing plenty of context … an intimate and affectionate, curated portrait of a great man in his own words'
Henry Malt, The Artist
'A sumptuous £65 edition of Freud’s lively, louche, careless early correspondence, Love Lucian is a life in letters, lovingly annotated – every letter in facsimile so we can see the drawings'
Times Literary Supplement