BOOK REVIEW: Artist strives to reclaim herself from Lucian Freud’s grasp
Self-Portrait tells the story of Celia Paul’s agonising 10-year relationship with the British painter
Nothing confounds a case of moral outrage like a willing victim.
In painter Celia Paul’s short, episodic memoir, which centres on her affair with Lucian Freud, the older artist emerges as an archetypal monster – emotionally abusive, manipulative, ruthlessly self-serving. So far, so unsurprising. It is Paul’s part in their 10-year liaison that sends our feelings on a rollercoaster.