The last History of Art Graduate Seminar Series presentation will be given by Daniel Herrmann, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Projects at the National Gallery, London. Please join us for this talk on Thursday, 15 June from 5-6:30pm at the Bateman Auditorium (Gonville & Caius College), where Daniel will be presenting material related to his recent exhibition Lucian Freud – New Perspectives. 

“Staging the Studio. Lucian Freud’s presentation of artistic interiority.”

From Vasari’s Lives of the Artists to Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, the myth of the artist’s studio as alchemic locus for transcending base matter into artistic form has become an established trope in art history and popular culture. This lecture looks at the representation and function of the artist’s studio in the work of Lucian Freud (1922-2011), one of the most prominent British figurative painters of the 20th century. By comparing Freud’s iconography and its performative construction with those of Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) and Contemporary artists today, the lecture aims to examine Freud’s self-presentation as one of narrative invention and gendered interiority.

Daniel F. Herrmann is Curator of Modern & Contemporary Projects at the National Gallery, London, where he recently curated Lucian Freud – New Perspectives (2022). He was previously Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.