BRATTLEBORO — Latchis Arts' Exhibition on Screen series returns on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., with "Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait" at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St.
This pioneering series of cinematic films about exhibitions, galleries and artists takes an intensely compelling look at the life of a modern master through a unique exhibition of his self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts. Freud made self-portraits for the whole of his life, which intersected his controversial private life and reflected his shifting relationship with paint.
Notoriety followed the grandson of Sigmund Freud: he was a key figure in London's radical post-war art scene. His intense and unflinching gaze has produced a body of powerful figurative work that places him at the forefront of great British painting. The film journeys through this landmark exhibition in which Freud turns his critical eye squarely on himself.
In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Royal Academy of Arts' extraordinary exhibit displays more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings spanning nearly seven decades of Freud's self-portraiture. They give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter from his earliest portrait, painted about the time the Latchis Theatre first opened to the final one, executed in 2003. When seen together his portraits represent an engrossing study into the
dynamic of aging and the process of self-representation.
"Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait" features interviews with past sitters, friends and leading art experts. Notably, the film includes access to Freud's early works and a rare visit to his painting studio, which remains as it was when he died in 2011.
Admission for "Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait" is $12, $6 for students, at the door. For information, visit latchisarts.org.