Born in Berlin,the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Freud’s family moved to England in 1933, earning British citizenship in 1939. In 1938, Freud enrolled at the Central School of Arts in London; moving the year after, until 1942, to East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Debham run by Cedric Morris; then for a year attended Goldsmiths’ College, London. Freud had work published in Horizon magazine in 1939 and 1943. In 1944, his paintings were hung at the Lefevre Gallery.
In 1951, Freud’s Interior in Paddington, displayed at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, was awarded an Arts Council prize at the Festival of Britain. Between 1949 and 1954, he was a visiting tutor at the Slade School of Fine Art.
His first retrospective exhibition, organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain, was held in 1974 at the Hayward Gallery in London. A following retrospective was held at the Tate Gallery in 2002.
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