Until 13th March 2016
Until 13th March 12016, Tate Britain is hosting a retrospective for British artist Frank Auerbach. Born 29th April 1931, Frank Auerbach is considered by critics to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest English painters alive today.
This prolific artist is principally known for his portraits of women, groups of people or urban landscapes in London. His artistic gifts were clear from childhood onwards and he was encouraged to follow his vocation. He studied art at St Martin’s School of Art in London and then at the Royal College of Art where he met Leon Kossoff. Following studies crowned with success, he met Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud with whom he is often compared for his revolutionary approach and the visual impact of his work.
Frank Auerbach’s canvasses and figurative drawings are expressionist in style. His work is characterised by the use of predominantly earthy colours and heavy impasto due to the retouching and overpainting he often applies. His energetic and liberal touch lends great energy to his compositions.
Repeating constantly his portraits and landscapes, some recur frequently and this allows the viewer to not merely follow the evolution of the artist’s style but also the changes that have occurred since the 50s within his circle and in some areas in London that he favours.
Out of the eight rooms in the exhibition, Frank Auerbach selected the canvasses for display in the first six rooms himself. The two final rooms hold works that were chosen by his long-standing friend, curator Catherine Lampert, a visitor to his studio for the last 37 years. Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Frank Auberbach’s work leaves nobody indifferent.
For further details on the exhibition of this great artist
Place : Tate Britain
Address : Millbank, SW1P 4RG London
District : Pimlico-Belgravia
Open hours : Monday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Transport : Metro: Victoria