The Sittings: 28 November 2003 - 4 July 2004 * Portrait Head: August 2004 - April 2005 * Postscript: June 2005 * Afterword November 2011 * List of Illustrations
'One of the best books about art, and the making of art, that I have ever read' Julian Barnes, London Review of Books
Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He is the author of Man with a Blue Scarf, Rendez-vous with Art and A Bigger Message. He has collaborated with David Hockney on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney and A History of Pictures, and has co-written a volume of travels and conversations with Philippe de Montebello: Rendez-vous with Art.
'It will be read as long as Freud's work is admired' - Sunday
'A journal, an act of confession, a character study of Freud, a piecemeal survey of art history and an investigation into the practicalities of portraiture ... a book that's not just read but relished' - The Spectator
'If it is Freud who dominates the book, it is Gayford's achievement to bring him out and to do so with wit and humour as well as acute intelligence ... literally inimitable' - Guardian
'Freud is vividly surprising, potent and dynamic ... a portrait of an anarchic painter with views on everything from Leonardo's failings to Princess Margaret's voice' - Observer
'One of the best books ever written about the art of painting' - Grey Gowrie, Financial Times