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          Auerbach: Head of Catherin Lampert II, 1985
          Frank Auerbach
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          Charcoal and chalk on paper 75.6 x 72.1 cm Private collection, London © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

          Art historian Catherine Lampert has been a sitter for Auerbach for 37 years. They met when she interviewed him for his exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1978. Travelling to his studio every Friday to sit for two hour sessions, Lampert has said, “he knows his sitters so well that he can tell what sort of mood they’re in, he has a very good sense of that, without inquiring in any kind of detail”. Auerbach’s drawings are intensely worked, with the charcoal marks repeatedly rubbed out and redrawn until the final image is resolved.

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          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’.

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