we are avid readers at hidell brooks and always love a good book related to art. for our first book club selection we gave each other breakfast with lucian by geordie greig for christmas. after the title reads the astounding life and outrageous times of britain's great modern paintier which is a slight understatement after the last page in the book is turned. just the fact that lucian had 14 children by 6 different women could make anyone's life a bit outrageous.
there are lots of talented painters out there but what makes lucian one of our favorites is his keen ability to capture the underlying psychology of his subjects. you feel their emotion on the surface of the paint radiating out at you the viewer. we are drawn to painters who evoke emotion and lucian is the master.
geordie greg the author regularly had breakfast with lucian during the last years of his life and had followed his career for 35 years. geordie's phone rang one day and he got the golden invite to have breakfast with lucian at clarke's. from that moment on he entered the small but large world of one of the most intriguing artist of our time. the biography is an insight into the world of an artist and just like lucian freud's paintings the reader comes away somewhat overwhelmed and distraught.