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The unrelenting vision of Lucian Freud

The British artist pushed his life and art to the limit

A gallery assistant adjusts 'Reflection' by Lucian Freud during a press preview for 'Reflections on the Self', an exhibition of self portraiture at Christie's Mayfair.

Towards the end of his life, Lucian Freud attended the 80th birthday party of a friend, where a little girl was told not to touch him. “I’m not an object,” he protested. Perhaps she’d mistaken him for one of his portraits, because over the previous decades no artist had been better at manipulating canvas and paint to give…

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