Painted in 2010, Hampstead Road, High Summer
shows a jogger with a backpack against an urban background of lampposts and buildings, realised in bright colours and energetic, zigzag brushstrokes. Auerbach has painted Hampstead Road at many different times of the day and year, capturing the changing mood of the street throughout the seasons.
Hampstead Road, High Summer
Date of work
Orginal: Oil paint on canvas 143.2 x 133 cm Private Collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Gallery
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’.