The ether remains consistently abuzz with the mesmerizing genius
of Lucian Freud.
This week at Sotheby's, 'Head on a Green Sofa' sold for
£2.9million. Also up for sale a stash of never-before published
letters, written by a 21-year-old Lucian to his first girlfriend
and fellow student Felicity Hellaby.
Meanwhile on Savile Row, 'A Not So Still Life' opened last week at
Luxembourg & Dayan. Alongside works by Marcel Duchamp,
Max Beckmann and Otto Dix are two paintings made at the later end
of Freud's life, 'Naked Portrait in a Red Chair' (1999) and 'David
and Eli' (2003-04).
But for a less formal, non-gallery experience then it's about
lunch at Clarke's on Kensington Church Street, the restaurant just
a few doors down from the house Freud lived in.
Restaurant owner Sally Clarke has recently finished remodelling the
space; the shop is now over the road, the old shop has become an
all-day bar, and the cloakrooms have become a new dining room
called The Garden Room, a spot where you can feast on Sally
Clarke's excellent food, while gazing at the walls hung with five
drawings by Freud.