This week I also went to see this exhibition. I had never seen an original Freud before as far as I can recollect. This show was almost entirely of human portraits and most of the pictures had an intensity and almost harshness that I found a bit unsympathetic. Brilliant virtuosity but something almost brutal as well. This quality was conspicuously lacking in the portraits of his mother, in particular one large painting completed when she was very old and frail. This painting was absolutely still, gentle and luminous and so different to his other work.
I also enjoyed looking at the way he paints animals, brilliant too but with additional warmth and with love. Furniture, rooms, plants and textiles come in for less intense scrutiny and are the better for it, IMHO. Who am I to say, however?