A new exhibition that brings together the work of the painters Lucian Freud and Jack B Yeats is due to open at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

David Dawson, artist and Freud's long-time studio assistant, assisted in the selection for this exhibition, bringing to the project his unique knowledge of Freud’s interest in Yeats.

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While Lucian Freud's work has been exhibited in the past in group exhibitions alongside other artists from the 'School of London’, Life above Everything is the first occasion where Freud’s work will be presented with that of a single other artist.

This exhibition, which is due to open tomorrow, explores the connections between the two artists and places them side by side for the first time in 70 years.

'From the Tram Top' by Jack B Yeats
'White Shower' by Jack B Yeats
'The Flapping Meeting' by Jack B Yeats

Freud had a lifelong interest in the Irish painter's work, and a pen and ink drawing by Yeats, ‘The Dancing Stevedores’, hung beside his bed for over 20 years.

He did not cite Yeats as an ‘influence’ but instead felt they had a common purpose and sense of the connection between painting and life.

Life above Everything will include a substantial number of oil paintings by both artists, 33 by Freud and 24 by Yeats, as well as a range of works on paper sourced from public and private collections internationally.

Seven paintings by Jack B Yeats are works selected by Freud for a close friend and which have not been shown publicly since the collected acquired them.