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Image: Lucian Freud, Girl with Roses, 1947-8. Credit: British Council, London, UK © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images. Detail. Image: Lucian Freud, Girl with Roses, 1947-8. Credit: British Council, London, UK © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images. Detail. Show image info

Lucian Freud, Girl with Roses, 1947-8. Credit: British Council, London, UK © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images. Detail.

Freud, Minton, Ryan: unholy trinity

This unique exhibition will celebrate the life of Adrian Ryan (1920-1998) and his friends John Minton (1917-1957) and Lucian Freud (1922-2011).

In the tight community of the art world of pre-war London, the three artists were colleagues and friends. As ambitious figurative painters with – at first – hopeful and promising career trajectories, all three explored a relaxed intimacy behind closed doors, especially during the war years.

After Minton's suicide Ryan and Freud drifted apart, which may have contributed towards the significance of the lonely figure in their work. This theme will be explored in the exhibition alongside the three artists’ developing practise, from some of their earliest paintings up to Minton's death in 1957.

The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a catalogue and a specially commissioned film, is a collaboration with Falmouth Art Gallery and has been generously supported by the Art Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation.  

Image: Lucian Freud Girl with a Figleaf 1947, etching; Swindon Art Gallery