Frank Auerbach

Head of E.O.W. 1959-60 Frank Auerbach born 1931 Purchased 1976 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T02100

Head of E.O.W. 1959‑60

Frank Auerbach’s drawings are very interesting because they are expressive and textured.  You can see pieces of the surface of the paper which have been rubbed away, and pieces of paper which have been stuck on to patch up holes in the paper.

The figures in the drawings have a lot of texture which I assume is mostly accumulated through the vigorous process of drawing rather than observed from life.  “Head of E.O.W.” has a ghostly appearance, almost looking like a stone statue figure.  It is a dark shadowy drawing.  I really like the way every space in the drawing has been worked into and distressed.  I will try drawing like this.

Sketch from Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' 1970-71 by Frank Auerbach born 1931

Sketch from Titian’s ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’ 1970-71

Above is a study of a landscape.  I like the expressive way he draws.  It seems like he scribbles everything really quickly.  I will try drawing like this.

Auerbach Sandra

Portrait of Sandra

Above is another drawing similar to “Head of E.O.W.” in that it looks like it’s been patched up.  I think it looks interesting that you can see the patch – it doesn’t appear to have been attempted to be concealed.  I like this drawing and the drawing below better than “Head of E.O.W.” because it has a lighter background and so is somehow easier to look at.  I think this also makes the darker lines and areas more striking.

Auerbach,_Head_of_Julia

Head of Julia

Below is another landscape which appears to have been drawn with quick lines.  I wonder how Auerbach measures his drawings while drawing so expressively?  Or perhaps it is all drawn from measurements by eye and instinctive measurements.  His figures possess a certain exaggeration of form, such as in “Head of Julia”.  Her forehead seems to be larger than life, while her chin seems to be a little small.  This makes his drawings unique and compelling.

Working Drawing for 'Primrose Hill' 1968 by Frank Auerbach born 1931

Working Drawing for ‘Primrose Hill’ 1968

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Self-portrait

The paper on which the above “Self-portrait” is drawn is so distressed that it distorts the image.  This has an effect of making a drawing look very old, and as if it has had a long and interesting history.  It suggests that this drawing took a lot longer or a lot more layers of working into.

Julia 1989 by Frank Auerbach born 1931

Julia 1989

Jake 1990 by Frank Auerbach born 1931

Jake 1990

PORTRAIT OF CHRISTOPHER DARK, 1977 waterman.co.uk

Portrait of Christopher Dark, 1977

Self-Portrait 2009 Pencil, acrylic, graphite, crayon and Indian ink (76.5 x 57.8 cm) (30 1.8 x 22 3.4 in)

Self-Portrait 2009 Pencil, acrylic, graphite, crayon and Indian ink (76.5 x 57.8 cm) (30 1.8 x 22 3.4 in)

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