Portrait of a friendship between two legends of the art world

Lucian Freud’s portrait of David Hockney – expected to fetch up to £12 million at Sotheby’s – was in many ways a collaboration between ‘the two Titans’ who sat and talked for many hours in its making

27th June, 2021
Portrait of a friendship between two legends of the art world
Painters David Hockney and Lucian Freud in 2002 with Freud’s portrait of Hockey which is expected to fetch up to £12 million

Making its auction debut and flagged as ‘a meeting of two Titans’, Lucian Freud’s portrait of David Hockney is expected to fetch £8-12 million at Sotheby’s in London this week.

Painted in 2002 at the zenith of Freud’s career, it found favour with Hockney. As he told the London Evening Standard in 2011, “It was a very memorable and enjoyable experience. I thought his portrait very good indeed...

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