- Auerbach: Self-Portrait, 1958
- Frank Auerbach
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- Charcoal and chalk on paper 76.8 x 56.6 cm Daniel Katz Gallery, London © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art
Following his first one-person show, at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1956, Auerbach was left with ‘a sense of crisis’ partly due to reactions to the extreme material density and monochrome sobriety of his earliest paintings. During the following year and a half he only managed a few paintings and about ten drawings but these heads and figure studies were as heavily worked as the oils. Creating strong contrast light and dark areas, by vigorously handling charcoal sticks and an eraser. When the paper began to break or become too thin, if it wasn’t ready, he would collage a fresh patch in order to finish. This self-portrait from 1958, isn’t quite as extreme in contrasting as some of his other works.
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