This is a fascinating exhibition where you start with a fresh-faced young man starting out in his artistic career, full of promise, symbolism and ambition, and end with the reality of a wrinkled face at the end of his career and his life .
Freud (1922-2011) is best known for his paintings of other people; this exhibition focuses on his self-portraits where he looked into his soul, examined his own identity and, apparently, destroyed more of his self-paintings than he retained. It sounds a little like the 21st century world of selfies, where the delete button is in full use.
There are portraits with symbolism, with a black eye, with experiments, with mirrors, with plants and with other people such as his children or his wife in a hotel bedroom displayed at the Venice Biennale of 1954 (the year of my birth), while there are also portraits of key people in his life.
A great exhibition that his grandfather Sigmund Freud would no doubt have enjoyed….