Ben Uri collection

Study for Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II

Artist information

Name Frank Auerbach (1931-)

Born Berlin, Germany

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Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin to Jewish parents in 1931 and immigrated to England in 1939 (naturalised in 1947). His parents, who remained behind, subsequently perished in concentration camps. Auerbach spent his childhood at Bunce Court, a progressive boarding school in Kent for Jewish refugee children. He attended St Martin’s School of Art (1948-52) and studied at David Bomberg’s evening classes at Borough Polytechnic together with Leon Kossoff, as well at the Royal College of Art from 1952-55. Shortly after completing his studies, he was given his first solo exhibition (1956) by dealer Helen Lessore at the Beaux- Arts Gallery, where he exhibited regularly until 1963, then at Marlborough Galleries from 1965 to the present. He has had retrospectives at the Hayward Gallery (1978), Tate (2016) and solo exhibitions at the British Pavilion in the 1986 Venice Biennale and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (1989). His work is represented in collections throughout the UK and USA. Frank Auerbach lives and works in London.

Object Details

Date 2004

Object type drawing

Medium crayon on paper

Materials and techniques crayon (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 21 x 21 cm

Framed 31 x 31 cm

Acquisition donation by Marlborough Fine Art

Accession number 2009-4

Display status not on display

This work is a study for the painting of the same name. Auerbach has said of his morning drawing routine in London: ‘I go out each morning and I draw. I can’t really start on a painting in the morning until I’ve done a drawing [...] I feel dissatisfied with what I’m doing, so I go out and once I’ve been provided with a reason for changing my picture I can come back to the studio and change it – usually it is a new sensation of proportion or connection, often revealed by light’.

Selected exhibition history

1997 Ben Uri Art Society Picture Fair 1997

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© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art