Painted in 1963, In the Garden I
is a portrait of Auerbach’s friend, and lover, Estella West (E.O.W.) with her two daughters in the garden of their home in Brentford. Auerbach met E.O.W. in 1948 when they acted in a play together in London and she became the model for many of his early nudes and portraits.
E.O.W., S.A.W. and J.J.W. in the Garden I
Date of work
Born in 1931 in Berlin to Jewish parents, Auerbach was sent to England in 1939 to escape Nazism. After studying in a number of art schools, including the Royal College of Art, he moved to Camden, where he has lived and painted in the same studio since the 1950s. Frank Auerbach’s paintings are some of the most resonant, inventive and perpetually alive works of art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Since his early works, his intentions have been consistent: ‘To record the life that seemed to me to be passionate and exciting and disappearing all the time’.