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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
etching, 1980
NPG 6558


Leon Kossoff

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 6553


Joe Tilson

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 5467


Lucian Freud

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1981
NPG 5466


Frank Auerbach

by Frank Auerbach
pencil and graphite, 1994-2001
NPG 6611