Lucian Freud and the Donegal connection

The recent death in London of one of the most famous names in the art world, Lucian Freud, has had surprising repercussions here in Donegal.

The recent death in London of one of the most famous names in the art world, Lucian Freud, has had surprising repercussions here in Donegal.

Frued, one of the world’s most famous portrait painters, counted among his friends Pat ‘Big Hill’ Doherty of Buncrana.

They men were introduced by mutual friend Andrew Parker Bowles, former husband of Camilla Parker Bowles.

In 2006, Freud asked the property magnate, who is chairman of Harcourt Developments, to sit for him.

The result was an iconic colour portrait and a plethora of black and white sketches. The full colour oil painting, entitled ‘Man from Donegal 2006’ was unveiled at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in June 2007 and subsequently sold for an unspecified price to an unnamed owner. The IMMA exhibition of 70 works by Freud attracted more than 155,000 visitors to the museum, making it one its most popular shows ever.

Doherty was pleased with the picture bought a copy of it which hangs in Solis Lough Eske Hotel. A second copy of a Freud painting - of Andrew Parker Bowles - also adorns the walls of the hotel lobby.

The hotel’s general manager Jeroen Quint, said yesterday: “It is a great honor for our Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel and Spa to be able to showcase two paintings by the world-renowned artist Mr. Lucian Freud. We are proud to have them on display in County Donegal and hope that the local community will have an opportunity to come out and view them. We are happy to be able to add to and preserve the legacy of Mr. Lucian Freud.”