Lucian Freud and me: Making a drama out of a painter

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“When it came to the paying of attention, no portrait painter was more extravagant than he, whether his subject was a royal or a rogue (although funnily enough he showed no interest in capturing my likeness). The process of looking at the person before him possessed him utterly, through the long day-shifts, night-shifts and decades of his 65-year career. By the last and lucrative phase of his life, a dramatic final act if ever there was one, he was widely regarded as one of the finest figurative painters of his epoch. He still is.”Alan Franks, The Times

Listen to Henry Goodman talk about playing Lucian Freud in Looking at Lucian on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

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  1. Dear Alan
    Very long time since Oxford but reading your piece in today’s Times prompted me to ask if you came across LF’s love for a skewbald mare called Susie who lives at a wonderful stable behind Wormwood Scrubbs, run by an abseiling nun, Sister Mary Joy. Lucian rode her and also painted her a couple of times, 2004 I think, sitting with his easel and primus stove in her straw lined stable, which somehow never caught alight. I went to do a story for the MoS and she asked me to say hello to Geordie Greig. He told me that Sister Mary Joy appeared at Lucian’s funeral leading Susie. Made me think of him in a different light.
    Very best for your play.

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