Freudian Analysis: Book Will Serve Up Breakfasts with Lucian

Just a few weeks after the death of 88-year-old Lucian Freud comes news of a forthcoming book that promises to reveal intimate details of the artist’s life and work. Journalist Geordie Greig, editor of London’s Evening Standard, has inked a deal for Breakfasts with Lucian, which is slated for publication by Jonathan Cape next fall in the United Kingdom (no word as to when it will make it to our shores). According to a deal report by Publishers Lunch, the book will be based on Greig’s regular Sunday breakfasts with Freud as well as many hours of recorded conversations in which the two discussed subjects such as “art, debt, enemies, death threats, poetry, escaping from Nazi Germany, falling out with Jerry Hall, why he hated his brother Clement, painting David Hockney, his first love, sleeping with horses, escaping the Krays, hanging with the Queen, his role as a father, why Velazquez was the greatest painter, and dancing with Garbo.” The book will include photos, some of which were taken by Greig. Meanwhile, Britain’s National Portrait Gallery will soon start selling tickets for “Lucian Freud Portraits,” an exhibition that opens in London on February 9 and will arrive stateside next summer at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.