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Lucian Freud – a very peculiar dad

November 24, 2013

Painter Nick Garrett

Portrait of a very peculiar father: He fathered up to 30 children by his coterie of lovers – but artist Lucian Freud left a trail of emotional turmoil in his wake


PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 15 September 2013 | UPDATED: 20:43 GMT, 16 September 2013

He was one of the greatest British artists of the past century – but as a brilliant new biography reveals, Lucian Freud had a personal life as colourful as it was turbulent. On Saturday, our first extract told how his sexual magnetism helped him seduce as many as 500 lovers. Today, we reveal how those affairs gave rise to up to 30 children – some damaged for life by the father whose love they hungered for …

All his life, Lucian Freud scorned the idea of living with his children. So his eldest daughter, Annie, grew up accepting that she could see him only…

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