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As a host of new exhibitions of the work of Lucian Freud opens across London to mark his centenary, this episode is all about this leading figure in post-war British painting.

Page 339, Letter from Lucian Freud to Lady Caroline Blackwood (around Spring/Summer 1952)

Ben Luke takes a tour of the major show at the National Gallery, which promises new perspectives on his work, with its curator, Daniel Herrmann. Martin Gayford discusses Freud’s little-explored letters, gathered in Love Lucian, a new book that Gayford has co-edited with Freud’s former assistant David Dawson.

Lucian Freud’s Mare Eating Hay (2006)

And this episode’s Work of the Week is the painting Mare Eating Hay (2006). The gallerist Pilar Ordovas, who worked closely with Freud in his later years, discusses the centrepiece of her new exhibition, Horses and Freud.

Lucian Freud’s Buttercups (1968)

• Lucian Freud: New Perspectives, National Gallery, London, 1 October– 2 January 2023

David Dawson and Martin Gayford (eds), Love Lucian: The Letters of Lucian Freud 1939-1954, Thames & Hudson, 392 pp, £65/$95 (hb)

• Freud and Horses, Ordovas, until 16 December

Other Freud exhibitions in London this autumn:

• Lucian Freud: The Painter and His Family, Freud Museum, until 29 January 2023

• Lucian Freud: B.A.T, Lyndsey Ingram, until 4 November

• Lucian Freud: Interior Life, with photographs by David Dawson, Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, 6 October-16 December

Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits, Garden Museum, 14 October-5 March 2023

• Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, Gagosian Gallery, 18 November-28 January 2023

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