Don't Be a Gentleman

Like his late, great grandfather, Artist Lucian Freud is suspicious of reticence. Grandfather Sigmund thought it frequently concealed all manner of ugly things; grandson Lucian, like Joan Miro (see above), thinks it inhibits art.

Last week Lucian, a tousled, 24-year-old painter with dreamy eyes and frayed cuffs, exhibited a craftsmanlike beachscape that was the standout of a not-too-brilliant show of "New Generation" art in London. He took the occasion to blast at what was wrong with British painting. Said he: "In Britain everything is so foul and filthy that artists either go crazy, become surrealist or get into a...

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