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Frank Auerbach One of Britains leading post-war painters Frank Auerbach is among the most internationally acclaimed and collected of living artists from Britain The painting style of Frank Auerbach is both compactly expressionistic and highly individual Determined by his desire to capture the spirit and reality of people and places his paintings which he works and re-works produce a powerful surface impact Auerbachs painting include landscapes figure studies and Old Master inspired works In particular Auerbachs glee in his intimacy with the urban landscape of Londons Camden Town - where he has had a studio since 1954 - and nearby Primrose Hill The investigation of the human figure and face is one of Auerbachs constant themes and he has painted portrait studies of the same small group of people close to him over many years To paint the same head over and over Auerbach has said gives one a sense of pursuing an essential truth As an art student Auerbach made frequent visits to the National Gallery and he continues to draw inspiration from its collection of Old Master paintings It is appropriate therefore that this nostalgic coincides with the RAs exhibition Rembrandts Women which includes the National Gallerys Hendrickje Stoffels a painting that Auerbach has drawn I went to these exhibitions to find out more and learn about Auerbachs paintings and his historic influences As art critic Robert Hughes pointed out it is the structure of masterpieces such as this Rembrandt portrait that must have affected Auerbachs own paintings such as Portrait of JYM Seated 1976 Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin to Jewish parents in 1931 He was sent to England in 1939 and moved from school in Kent to London in 1947 Between 1948-55 he studied part-time under the artist David Bomberg Bomberg had been a pupil of Walter Sickert and both these artists among others had a great influence on Auerbachs early development He studied at Borough Polytechnic 1948 St
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