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Frank Auerbach

(1931-), Painter

Sitter in 17 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Berlin-born artist, Auerbach was sent to England by his parents as a refugee from Nazi Germany in 1939. Taking British nationality in 1947, Auerbach trained under David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic, at Saint Martin's School of Art (1948-52) and the Royal College of Art (1952-5). The artist's style is distinctive; thickly impastoed paintings and heavily worked drawings. The artist works and reworks his paintings over long periods and drawings evolve from repeated revision. His subjects are confined to a handful of close friends and family, or to scenes of the North London area in which he is resident.

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R.B. Kitaj, by Frank Auerbach - NPG 6558

R.B. Kitaj

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 6558

Leon Kossoff, by Frank Auerbach - NPG 6553

Leon Kossoff

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 6553

Joe Tilson, by Frank Auerbach - NPG 5467

Joe Tilson

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 5467

Lucian Freud, by Frank Auerbach - NPG 5466

Lucian Freud

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1981
NPG 5466

Frank Auerbach, by Frank Auerbach - NPG 6611

Frank Auerbach

by Frank Auerbach
pencil and graphite, 1994-2001
On display in Room 38A at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6611


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