1922: Lucian Michael Freud: born 8 December in Berlin to Jewish parents. His father, Ernst Freud, the youngest son of Sigmund Freud, is an architect and his mother Lucie is the daughter of a grain merchant.
1933: moves to Britain with family. Schools: Dartington Hall, Devon, Dane Court and Bryanston, Dorset.
1938: Sigmund Freud arrives in London following Anschluss in Austria.
1939: studies for a term at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, then at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, Dedham, under Cedric Morris. Becomes a naturalised British citizen. Death of Sigmund Freud.
1941: serves on North Atlantic convoy for three months. Returns to Morris’s school at Benton End Hadleigh, Suffolk
1942: exhibits drawings in an exhibition at the Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, London.
1943: begins living in Paddington.
1944: first one-man show, at Alex Reid and Lefevre.
1946: spends two months in Paris and then five months on the Greek island of Poros.
1947: exhibits at the London Gallery (with John Craxton).
1948: marries Kitty Garman, daughter of Kathleen Garman and Jacob Epstein
Exhibits at the London Gallery.
1949-54: visiting tutor at the Slade School of Art.
1950: exhibits at the Hanover Gallery London.
1951: purchases prize from Arts Council of Great Britain for “Interior in Paddington”.
1952:exhibits at the Hanover Gallery.
1953: marries Caroline Blackwood.
1954: represents Britain at the 27th Venice Biennale (with Francis Bacon and Ben Nicholson)..
1958, 1963, 1968: exhibits at the Marlborough Fine Art, London.
1970: death of Ernst Freud.
1972: completes first of series of paintings of his mother.
1972, 1978, 1982: exhibits at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London. Subsequently represented by James Kirkman.
1974: first retrospective Hayward Gallery, London, and touring.
1977: moves to Holland Park, West London.
1979: exhibits at Nishimura Gallery Tokyo
1981: exhibits in A New Spirit in Painting, Royal Academy of Arts, London and Eight Figurative Artists, Yale Center for British Art New Haven, USA.
1983: created Companion of Honour.
1987: selects The Artist’s Eye, National Gallery London.
1987-8: retrospective organized by the British Council at Hirshhorn Museum and sculpture Garden, Washington DC, his first major exhibition outside Britain, tours to Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, the Hayward Gallery, London, and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
1989: death of Lucie Freud
1991-93: Lucian Freud, Paintings and Works on Paper 1940-1991 organised by the British Council at Palazzo Ruspoli Rome. Tours to Tate Gallery Liverpool, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Otani Memorial Museum, Nishinoyomiya, Setegaya Art Museum Tokyo, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Art Gallery of Western Australia.
From 1992: represented by William Acquavella, New York.
1993: awarded the Order of Merit.
1993-94: Lucian Freud Recent Work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, tours to the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.
1994: paintings hung at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.
1995: From London: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Aurerbach, Kitaj organised by the British Council, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh and tours to Luxembourg, Lausanne and Fundacio Caixa de Catalunya, La Pedrera, Barcelona.
1996: exhibits at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal and Acquavella Galleries New York
1998 Lucian Freud: Some New Paintings, Tate Gallery London.
2000: Recent work Acquavella Galleries.
2001:donates Portrait of the Queen to the Royal Collection.
2002: Lucian Freud, Tate Britain, touring to Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. John Constable: le Choix de Lucian Freud at the Grand Palais, Paris.
2004: recent work at the Wallace Collection, London and Acquavella Galleries.
2005: Lucian Freud at the Museo Correr, Venice