Ben Uri collection


Series: Part of Seven Portraits

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 as 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, and 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 1989

Object type print

Medium Etching, printed on Somerset white paper, artist's proof outside the published edition of 50

Materials and techniques etching (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 19.3 x 16.3 cm

Framed 43.5 x 31 cm

Signed signed and dated (lower right) 'Auerbach 89', also inscribed (lower left) 'A/P' and titled (centre) 'David'

Acquisition presented by the artist 1994

Accession number 1994-17ii

Display status not on display

The subject is David Landau, editor of Print Quarterly, and a regular weekly sitter for Auerbach since 1983, he has now sat for 45 portraits.

This lithograph is part of a series of etchings of friends and family entitled Seven Portraits, drawn by the artist with a Japanese screwdriver bought from his local Woolworth's. The artist was already at work on separate portraits of two of the sitters, David Landau, and the artist's wife, Julia, and these two prints were the first he produced. The etchings were made to accompany the deluxe edition of Robert Hughes’ Frank Auerbach monograph in 1990 and were proofed and printed by Marc Balakjian at Studio Prints.

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© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

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