Auerbach – Tate Britain and Marlborough Fine Art

Frank Auerbach, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1, until 13th March 2016 

Frank Auerbach (b 1931) Mornington Crescent 1965 Painting Oil paint on board 1016 x 1270 mm Private collection, courtesy of Eykyn Maclean, LP © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Frank Auerbach (b 1931)
Mornington Crescent 1965
Painting
Oil paint on board
1016 x 1270 mm
Private collection, courtesy of Eykyn Maclean, LP
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

The Berlin-born, artist Frank Auerbach can certainly not be accused of taking it easy in this his 85th year as he paints three hundred and sixty five days a year. He is an assiduous painter returning to his canvas time and time again to scrape away and restart the work whether landscape or portrait until the image he seeks falls into place. The works are a highly individual complex of texture, depth and a sense of space.

Frank Auerbach (b 1931) E.O.W. half-length Nude 1958 Oil paint on board 762 x 508 mm Private collection, courtesy of Eykyn Maclean, LP © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Frank Auerbach (b 1931)
E.O.W. half-length Nude 1958
Oil paint on board
762 x 508 mm
Private collection, courtesy of Eykyn Maclean, LP
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

The seventy paintings and drawings on view have been mainly garnered from private collections and provide an overview of his work from the 1950s to the present day. On the wall of the first gallery he says: ‘My hope is that items might not be considered too relatively – that is, not over-chronologically, stylistically or by subject or context – but that each be considered as an absolute which works (or does not work) by itself.’

Hampstead Road, Summer Haze 2010 Oil paint on canvas 1222 x 1222 mm Private collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Hampstead Road, Summer Haze
2010
Oil paint on canvas
1222 x 1222 mm
Private collection
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

The best I can add to that is please go and decide for yourself as I don’t think you will regret the experience.

 

http://www.tate.org.uk

 

 

 

It would be wrong of me to write about Auerbach without drawing your attention to

 

Frank Auerbach, Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street London W1, until 21st November 2015

Self-Portrait 2015 Graphite and pastel on paper 57.8 x 76.5 cm © Frank Auerbach and courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Self-Portrait
2015
Graphite and pastel on paper
57.8 x 76.5 cm
© Frank Auerbach and courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Like the Tate Britain exhibition this surveys his career to date and among the twenty-five works on show are some that have never been exhibited before.  There is also a new self-portrait by the artist which is shown here.

 

http://www.marlboroughfineart.com

 

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