Ben Uri collection

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Artist information

Name Frank Auerbach (1933-)

Born Berlin, Germany

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Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin to Jewish parents in 1933 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 c. 1962-64

Object type painting

Medium oil on board

Materials and techniques oil (medium)

Unframed 29.2 x 29.2 cm

Acquisition On loan to the Ben Uri Collection from Richard and Julia Anson

Accession number 2017-06

Display status On display in 'Refugees: The Lives of Others' until 4 June 2017


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© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art