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1922 December 8: Lucian Freud is born in Berlin. His father is Ernst (an architect and the youngest son of Sigmund Freud) and his mother is Lucie (née Brach) the daughter of a grain merchant.

The family live near the Tiergarten and spend summers at Hiddensee near Rügen on the Baltic Sea and on Freud's maternal grandfather's estate near Kotbus.


1933 Freud and his family move to London. They are not refugees but emigrate voluntarily. Freud goes to school at Dartington Hall, Devon and Bryanston in Dorset.


1938 Sigmund Freud arrives in London. Freud’s drawings are included in an exhibition of children’s art at Guggenheim Jeune, Cork Street.


1939 Becomes a naturalised British subject. His grandfather, Sigmund Freud, dies. Studies for a term at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London then at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Dedham, under Cedric Morris.


1940 Spends the winter in a retired miner’s house in Capel Curig, North Wales with David Kentish, a school friend from Bryanston who subsequently joined him at the East Anglian School. They are later joined by the poet, Stephen Spender.


1941 Serves in the Merchant Navy on a North Atlantic Convoy. He is invalided out and returns to Cedric Morris’s School at Benton End, Suffolk.


1942 Moves to Abercorn Place, St. John’s Wood. Drawings exhibited at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London.


1943 Moves to Delamere Terrace, Paddington.


1944 First one man show at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London.


1945 Visits the Scilly Isles.


1946 Spends two months in the summer in Paris where he makes his first two etchings, The Bird and Chelsea Bun. Spends five months on the island of Poros, Greece (with John Craxton).


1947 Shows at the London Gallery.


1948 Marries Kitty Garman, the daughter of Kathleen Garman and the sculptor Jacob Epstein. Moves to Clifton Hill, Maida Vale.


1949-1954 Visiting tutor at the Slade School of Art, London.


1950 Hanover Gallery, London.


1951 Wins Arts Council Great Britain Purchase Prize for Interior in Paddington 1951 (now in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) exhibited in Sixty Paintings for ’51, part of the Festival of Britain.


1952 Divorced

Hanover Gallery, London.


1953 Marries Lady Caroline Blackwood.


1954 Represents Britain, along with Ben Nicholson and Francis Bacon at the 27th Venice Biennale. Some thoughts on painting published in Encounter Magazine.


1955 Second prize in the Daily Express Young Artist’s Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London with Hotel Bedroom 1954 (now in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada).


1957 Divorced


1958 Marlborough Fine Art, London.


1962 Moves to Clarendon Crescent, London W11.


1963 Marlborough Fine Art, London.


1967 Moves to Gloucester Terrace, London W2.


1968 Marlborough Fine Art, London.


1970 Death of his father, Ernst Freud.


1972 Moves to Thorngate Road, Maida Vale. Completes The Painter’s Mother the first in a series of paintings ending with The Painter’s Mother – Dead 1989 (The Cleveland Museum of Art).

Leaves Marlborough Fine Art for Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London.


1974 First retrospective at Hayward Gallery, London and touring.


1977 Moves to Holland Park.


1978 Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London.


1979 Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo.


1981 A New Spirit in Painting, Royal Academy of Arts London.

Eight Figurative Artists, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.


1982 Lucian Freud, monograph by Lawrence Gowing published.

Returns to etching and makes 15 etchings.

Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London.


1983 Created Companion of Honour. Leaves Anthony d’Offay Gallery with James Kirkman who continues as his agent.


1984 The Hard Won Image, Tate Gallery, London.

The Proper Study, Lalit Akademi, Delhi and Bombay.


1987 Selects images The Artist’s Eye for the National Gallery, London.


1987-1988 A School of London organised by the British Council at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo tours to Louisiana (Denmark), Venice and Düsseldorf.

Retrospective organised by the British Council at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. This is the first major retrospective of Freud’s work shown outside Britain. Tours to Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, the Hayward Gallery London and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.


1989 Death of Freud’s mother, Lucie.


1991-1992 Lucian Freud, Paintings and Works on Paper 1940-1991 organised by the British Council at Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome. Tours to Tate Gallery Liverpool: Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts: Otani Memorial Museum, Nishinomiya: Setagaya Arts Museum, Tokyo and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.


1992 Represented by William Acquavella, New York.


1993 Awarded the Order of Merit.


1993-1994 Lucian Freud’s Recent Work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. It tours to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.


1994 Recent paintings hung at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.


1995 From London: Bacon, Freud, Kossolf, Andrews, Auerbach, Kitaj organised by the British Council at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.


1996 Lucian Freud: Paintings and Etchings at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal.

Lucian Freud, new work at Acquavella Galleries, New York.


1997 Lucian Freud: Early Work at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.


1998 Lucian Freud: Some New Paintings, Tate Gallery, London.


2000 Lucian Freud: recent work 1997-2000, Acquavella Galleries, New York.


2001 Donates portrait HM Queen Elizabeth II 2001 to the Royal Collection.


2002 Lucian Freud, Tate Britain curated by William Feaver. Tours to Fundació “La Caixa”, Barcelona and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Constable selected by Freud at the Grand Palais, Paris.


2004 Recent work shown at the Wallace Collection, London and Acquavella Galleries, New York.


2005 Lucian Freud at the Museo Correr, Venice during the Venice Biennale.


2006 Shows with Frank Auerbach at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Acquavella Galleries, New York.


2007 Lucian Freud at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin curated by Catherine Lampert. Tours to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark and the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.

Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York curated by Starr Figura.


2010 Lucian Freud: L’Atelier at the Pompidou Centre, Paris curated by Cecile Debray.


2011 Dies 20 July


2012 Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery curated by Sarah Howgate.

Lucian Freud Drawings at Blain Southern in London and Acquavella Galleries, New York.