Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931, Germany) is a German-Jewish painter who arrived in London from Nazi Germany as part of the Kindertransport, and has lived in the city ever since. Auerbach’s painterly language is characterized by its thick and bold impasto, erasures and layering. In his drawings and paintings Auerbach conveys a feeling of temporality and locality. With his friends, the painters Leon Kossoff and Lucian Freud, the three formed a lively north London painting set that attends to the everyday – the view from a window and friends and strangers encountered on the street. Auerbach shared the Golden Lion Prize at the 1986 Venice Biennial. His works are permanently on show in leading international museums, especially in the United Kingdom.

Related exhibition: Prima Facie

Frank Auerbach, Head of C.D. III, 1977, charcoal and chalk on 2 attached sheets of paper

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