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Frank Auer­bach (b 1931, Ber­lin) is a Bri­tish artist who has made some of the most vi­brant, alive and in­ven­tive paint­ings of re­cent times. Of­ten com­pared to Fran­cis Ba­con and Lu­cian Freud in terms of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary and pow­er­ful na­ture of his work, his de­pic­tions of peo­ple and the ur­ban land­scapes near his Lon­don stu­dio show him to be one of the great­est painters alive to­day.

Tate Bri­tain’s ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing paint­ings and draw­ings from the 1950s to the present day, of­fers fas­ci­nat­ing new in­sights into his work. The depth, tex­ture and sense of space in a paint­ing by Auer­bach makes stand­ing in front of one a unique and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

Work­ing 365 days a year, Auer­bach pro­duces his char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally tac­tile and vis­ually dy­namic paint­ing in the same stu­dio he has oc­cu­pied since 1954. For half a cen­tury he has worked in an un­com­pro­mis­ing way, scrap­ing back the sur­face of the can­vas to start and re-start the paint­ing process daily. He be­gins afresh over months or years un­til the fin­ished paint­ing is re­alised in a mat­ter of hours, hav­ing fi­nally sur­prised him: ‘What I wanted to do was to record the life that seemed to me to be pas­sion­ate and ex­cit­ing and dis­ap­pear­ing all the time’.

Frank Auer­bach, Head of J.Y.M ll 1984-85, Oil on can­vas

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