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The Visceral World of Lucian Freud

The National Gallery, London, is showcasing 63 paintings by the controversial 20th century figurative artist.

It’s a cold, wet day in London. November temperatures have dipped lower than expected and one has had to fortify oneself with several layers against the strong winds. Inside the high vaulted halls of the National Gallery, however, there are images of naked bodies on display—and how can there not be? After all, the gallery is celebrating Lucian Freud’s birth centenary.

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