I've just finished reading Man with a Blue Scarf - On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, written by Martin Gayford.
Joss bought the book for me as we went to Paris together last summer to see Lucian Freud's exhibition at the Pompidou Centre.
Freud is one of my favourite artists and I found this book fascinating. I loved reading about his working routines, his complete love affair with paint, his opinions on art and where he likes to go for dinner!
Martin Gayford also wrote the superb The Yellow House so I was already familiar with his excellent writing. The Man with a Blue Scarf takes you through the months that Martin spent sitting for Freud. He weaves in conversations they had and recounts the painstaking progression of the painting. It made me more enthusiastic about Lucian Freud's work than ever. I think he captures in his paintings the essence of what it means to be human. This book helps you understand the fleshy reality of his life and work. Brilliant!