Frank Auerbach, ‘Mornington Crescent’, 1961, Castlegate House Gallery

Executed approx. 1961.
Sotheby's Sept 2016
Gifted by Frank Auerbach to Lucian Freud who in turn gifted it to mutual friend Raymond Jones.
Raymond was freind to both Frank and Lucian, and was "Rat Man" as depicted in Lucian's fanous painting, Naked Man with Rat.
Freud turned to Raymond to borrow money to support his growing gambling debts, and he in turn introduced him to his circle of artist friends including Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews and Francis Bacon, many of whom Raymond became close friends with. Raymond became a popular figure in the bustling London scene, regularly dining with the artists at Wheeler’s, one of their favourite London restaurants.

About Frank Auerbach

Known for paintings marked by an immediately recognizable thick, nearly grotesque impasto, Frank Auerbach creates visceral, fluid works that capture the essence of a person or place. Sent to England to escape Nazism as a child, Auerbach rarely leaves Britain and has worked in the same London studio since the 1950s. The models he consults for his paintings have also remained constant, as he believes that familiarity results in a more beautiful and instinctive image. His models include Juliet Yardley Mills (“JYM”), Stella West (“EOW”), and Auerbach’s wife. While his style of painting appears expressionistic, it is grounded in realism and inspired by such artists as Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian. Auerbach completes each painting in a single sitting for maximum cohesion and interdependence and to ensure that each work is created while he is in a consistent state of mind.

British, b. 1931, Berlin, Germany

Exhibition Highlights

2015
Tel Aviv,
Summer Hanging from the Gallery Collection
2015
Nicholas Gallery, 
Belfast,