Frank Auerbach is a British artist who has produced some of the most vibrant and inventive paintings of recent times. Often compared to Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in terms of the revolutionary and powerful nature of his work, his depictions of people and the urban landscapes near his London studio show him to be one of the greatest painters alive today.
Tate Britain’s exhibition, featuring paintings and drawings from the 1950s to the present day, offers fascinating new insights into his work, with the artist himself suggesting the selection of the first six galleries. The depth, texture and sense of space in a painting by Auerbach makes standing in front of one a unique and unforgettable experience.
Frank Auerbach at the Venice Biennale
At the 1986 Venice Biennale, Frank Auerbach shared the Leone d'Oro Prize for the Best Artist with Sigmar Polke. You can read a profile of Frank Auerbach on our Venice Biennale interactive timeline.