The Easel

Previously unseen painting of the woman who broke Lucian Freud’s heart

Lucien Freud’s reputation looms large. Incredibly selfish in his private life and fearsomely honest as a painter, he produced a wonderful body of work that focused intently on the human form. His marriage to Caroline Blackwood was a union of social and intellectual equals, even though he was much older. The strength she had to survive his recklessness is presumably what animates his portraits of her, now on show in London.