Frank Auerbach

Frank Helmut Auerbach ( 29 as April as 1931 (85 years), Berlin , Germany) is a German painter nationalized British in 1947. 1


Son of the lawyer Max Auerbach and the amateur painter Charlotte Nora Burchardt was born in Berlin but thanks to the writer Iris Origo , was sent to England in 1939 2 to escape the persecution Nazi . At age seven he left via Hamburg to Southampton . He never again saw his parents who died in concentration camps. 3

In the school of Kent , he stood out as an actor and painter, participated in works of Peter Ustinov in St Pancras. He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955. 4 5

His first solo exhibition was in 1956, and important shows at the Marlborough Gallery in New York , in 1969, 1982, 1994, 1998 and 2006 6

In 1986 he represented England at the Venice Biennale winning the award along with Sigmar Polke . He has had important retrospectives at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Reina Sofia Art Center, Madrid , in 1987, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 1989; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and the National Gallery , London, in 1995. 7

For 2014 a great retrospective is prepared in his work in the London Tate Gallery . Referring to Fig.


  • Frank Auerbach, William Feaver, Rizzoli International Publications (2009)
  • Frank Auerbach, Robert Hughes, Thames & Hudson Ltd (1990)
  • Frank Auerbach, British Council, The British Council Visual Arts Publications (1986)
  • Frank Auerbach – Early Work 1954-1978, Paul Moorhouse, Offer Waterman & Co (2012)
  • Frank Auerbach: The London Building Sites 1952-1962, Paul Holberton Publishing (2010)
  • Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings 1954-2001, Royal Academy of Arts (8 October 2001)
  • Frank Auerbach, ‘Fragments from a Conversation’ Vol. 1, No. 1 (November 1959); An Anthology from X, Oxford University Press (1988)
  • Hans Platschek: Sieger im Kampf mit der Farbe, in: Art – Das Kunstmagazin, 2, (1990), S. 28-41.
  • Robert Hughes: Frank Auerbach, Thames and Hudson, 2. Aufl. 1992 (1990), ISBN 0-500-27675-7


  1. Back to top↑ Richard Morphet, The hard-won image (London: Tate Gallery Publications, 1984), p. 54
  2. Back to top↑ BBC Radio 4 Front Row interview dated 4 October 2013
  3. Back to top↑ Eric L. Santner, On creaturely life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), p. 100, note 2
  4. Back to top↑ Catherine Lampert and Norman Rosenthal, Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings 1954-2001 (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2001), p. twenty
  5. Back to top↑ Geoff Hassell, Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. Its Students and Teachers 1943-1960 (Woodbridge: The Antique Collectors’ Club, 1998), p. 31
  6. Back to top↑ Barnaby Wright et al., Frank Auerbach: The London Building Sites 1952-1962 (London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2010), p. 80
  7. Back to top↑ Colin Wiggins, Frank Auerbach and the National Gallery (London: National Gallery Publications, 1995)
  8. Back to top↑ painter-freud-tate-retrospective =