Frank Auerbach

21 Sep

Frank Auerbach [German Born/British Painter, born 1931]

Auerbach was brought to my attention by my professor in Life Painting, and upon seeing his work I instantly knew what she was getting at. The way he commands the paint is unlike any other I’ve seen, and therefore I can’t help but recall visions of his works when presented with the figure as a subject.

From :

‘Frank works and sleeps in a tiny studio in Camden Town, north London. Now aged 77 and with his fingernails full of years of paint, he has little time even for old friends, because he feels he is running out of time.’

And from the man himself:

“I think that the very earliest influence was a horror of having to work in a bank or an office, a desire for a free and creative life.”
– Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach, Head of J.Y.M 1981 oil on board 55 x 50 cm

Frank Auerbach, Portrait of J.Y.M. Seated 40.6 x 33 cm. (16 x 13 in.)

Courtauld Gallery, “Frank Auerbach: London Building Sites 1952-62”.


One Response to “Frank Auerbach”

  1. j. mcclendon September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM #

    Love this guy.

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