Freud, Minton, Ryan: Unholy Trinity
25 Sep 2021 - 20 Nov 2021
This unique exhibition will celebrate the life of Adrian Ryan (1920-1998) and his friends John Minton (1917-57) and Lucian Freud (1922-2011).
In the tight community of the art world of pre-war London, the three artists were colleagues and friends. As ambitious figurative painters with - at first - hopeful and promising career trajectories, all three explored a relaxed intimacy behind closed doors, especially during the war years.
After Minton's suicide Ryan and Freud drifted apart, which may have contributed to the significance of the lonely figure in their work. This theme will be explored in the exhibition alongside the three artists' developing practise, from some of their earliest paintings up until Minton's death in 1957.
This exhibition, which will be accompanied by a catalogue and a specially commissioned film, is a collaboration with Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and has been generously supported by the Art Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation.