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Frank Auerbach has described his painting as an attempt to elicit the equivalent of what you feel when you touch someone next to you in the dark. (The artist cited in Exh. Cat., London, Royal Academy of Arts, Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings 1954-2001, 2001, p. 23) The artists emphasis on likeness has less to do with aesthetic similarity than it does with a desire to render his subjects personality and essence in paint. Auerbachs determined focus to bring to life his subjects personalities
Property from an Important Private U.K. Collection\nLooking Towards Mornington Crescent Station\ninscribed and dated 'LOOKING TOWARDS MORNINGTON/CRESCENT STATION/1972-1974' (verso)\noil on board\n122 x 122 cm. (48 x 48 in.)
Lucian Freuds works on paper are fundamental to his oeuvre. Before he gained a reputation as a painter, Freud was known primarily as a draftsman, and his career was punctuated by vigorous and prolific periods of drawing. Alongside his portraits of fellow artists such as John Craxton, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach, and many other subjects besides, Freud routinely portrayed his friends from the almost mythological bohemian aristocracy of London. Among the members of this seductive set was the s
FRANK AUERBACH born 1931, British, DAVID LANDAU SEATED, 1992, oil on canvas\n\nDIMENSIONS:\n71.0 x 61.0 cm\n\nEXHIBITED:\nThe Collectors Exhibition, Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney, 19 February - 17 March 2005\nOn loan to Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (label attached verso)\n\nLITERATURE:\nFeaver, W., Frank Auerbach, Rizzoli, New York, 2009, cat. 685, p. 317 (illus.)\n\nPROVENANCE:\nMarlborough Fine Art, London (label attached verso)\nPrivate collection, Sydney\nLiverpool Street Gall
"The way I work with different people who sit for me is the way I work when they're there. I'm affected by their mood, certainly. I'm aware that sometimes they're impatient: it affects me. I'm aware that something may have happened to them: that affects me. But it's all part of the process of keeping a lively activity going."\nFrank Auerbach
"Auerbach underplays the stamina, mental and physical, required to paint non-stop for hours on his feet...To suggest it is frenetic would be misleading, there are times when Frank is standing quietly, fairly close to the easel and then moving back. A good deal of the action is reaching for paint from the tins and tubes; the jar of white spirit is next to a cluster of spatulas on a small trolley where basic colors are laid out in blobs; the brush mixing and sloshing, picking up what is neededthe