Sunday, December 11, 2011

Frank Auerbach: Faint Malodorous Light

"I'm hoping to make a new thing for the world that remains in the mind like a new species of living thing."

Head of J.Y.M., 1969

J.Y.M. Seated, 1986-87

To The Studio, 1982-83

Frank Auerbach, London 1962,photograph by Lord Snowdon (c)

"To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination."

Figure on a Bed, 1969

E.O.W. Half-Length Nude, 1958

Railway Arches, Bethnal Green II 1958-59

Frank Auerbach in his studio holding his picture of the building site on Earl's Court Road in 1953

Maples Demolition, 1960

Frank Auerbach Portrait of Catherine Lampert (1981-2)

Head of E.O.W. 1955

(c) Photograph by Bob Collins

"It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning."
Head of Gerda Boehm, 1965

Looking Towards Mornington Crescent Station - Night 1972/73 

"Real style is not having a program - it's how one behaves in a crisis."

Primrose Hill 1954/55

Summer Building Site 1952

The Little Bedroom painted red
The gas's faint malodorous light,
And one beside me in the bed
Who chatters, chatters half the night.
-John Addington Symonds

*All images are the property of the (c) holders. Where possible and attempt has been made to give the artists or their estates credit.


UNTITLED said...

Great post. Auerbach is one of the greatest.

Jeffrey Collins said...

Fantastic post. Great imagery in his painting. One of my favorite figurative painters.

Dwayne Butcher said...

I just want to roll around on these paintings...

brian edmonds said...

He is a dying breed. I have always wondered how much paint ($) it takes to complete on of his paintings.

fran said...

thanks for those images!!
Fran Shalom