Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Lucian Freud: Real Lives

Lucian Freud, ‘Girl with a Kitten’ 1947
Lucian Freud, Girl with a Kitten 1947. Tate. © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

A master of modern portraiture, learn more about the people painted by Freud

Lucian Freud (1922 –2011) was a British painter who is widely celebrated for his portraits. A deeply private man, the people in Freud’s paintings were often those closest to him – his friends, family, fellow artists and lovers.

Freud’s portraits are an intensely personal record of the time spent with those who he knew best. The artist had the masterful ability to capture the mood and inner essence of his sitters. Visitors to this exhibition will see paintings, etchings and photographs featuring the artist’s most recognised sitters including his first wife Kitty Garman, his friend and studio assistant David Dawson and performance artist Leigh Bowery.

Lucian Freud Man with a Thistle (Self-Portrait) 1946

Lucian Freud Man with a Thistle (Self-Portrait) 1946 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Lucian Freud, ‘Girl with a White Dog’ 1950–1
Lucian Freud
Girl with a White Dog 1950–1
© Tate
Lucian Freud Leigh Bowery 1991

Lucian Freud Leigh Bowery 1991 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Lucian Freud Woman with an Arm Tattoo 1996

Lucian Freud Woman with an Arm Tattoo 1996 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images © Tate

Explore the exhibition guide and audio guide to learn about the techniques and materials in Freud’s work.

Tate Liverpool is located on the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. There is level access to the gallery via the main revolving doors and two side doors.

The exhibition is on the 2nd floor of the building.

  • Toilets are located in the basement and on the first and second floors
  • A Changing Places toilet is located in the ground floor foyer
  • Ear defenders can be borrowed from the front desk

For more information before your visit:

Email visiting.liverpool@tate.org.uk
Call +44 (0)151 702 7400

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Visitor numbers are being carefully managed. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas, protective screens on desks and counters and hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery. ​

​When you visit:​

  • Keep your distance from others
  • Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt

​Most importantly, if you or anyone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home. ​

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
Plan your visit


24 July 2021 – 16 January 2022

  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • All visitors, including Members, need to book a ticket
  • This ticket includes access to the collection

Supported by

The Lucian Freud Exhibition Supporters Group

Tate Liverpool Patrons

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