Geordie Greig - Breakfast with Lucian - A Portrait of the Artist

In conversation with Gerry Foley

Geordie Greig - Breakfast with Lucian - A Portrait of the Artist

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Monday 1 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

7.30pm - 8.30pm

Adults £12 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5


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For ten years Geordie Greig was among a very small group of friends who regularly met Lucian Freud for breakfast at Clarke’s restaurant on Kensington Church Street. Over tea and the morning papers, Freud would recount stories of his past and discuss art. It was, in effect, Freud’s private salon.

In conversation with Gerry Foley, Greig talks about his kaleidoscopic memoir in which he recounts Freud’s stories: of death threats; escaping from Nazi Germany; falling out with his brother Clement; loathing his mother; painting David Hockney; sleeping with horses; escaping the Krays; painting the Queen; his controversial role as a father; and why Velázquez was the greatest painter. It is revelatory about his art, his lovers, his children, his enemies and his love of gambling. Freud dared never ‘to do dull’, speaking candidly of dancing with Garbo as well as painting Kate Moss naked.

Geordie Greig is the Editor of the Mail on Sunday. He was previously the Editor of the Evening Standard and Editor of Tatler. He lives in London and is married with three children. His last book was The Kingmaker, the story of his grandfather’s friendship with King George V.

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Geordie Greig (photo: Sarah Lee / The Guardian)