Frank Auerbach Bacchus and Ariadne 1971

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Frank Auerbach born 1931
Bacchus and Ariadne
Date 1971
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1223 x 1530 mm
frame: 1387 x 1693 x 90 mm
Acquisition Presented by the executors of the estate of David Wilkie 1993
Not on display

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Auerbach based this painting on Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne (1522-3) in the National Gallery, London. Titian depicts the Roman god of wine with his dissolute followers, catching sight of Ariadne, whom he married and transformed into a constellation of stars. Adapting the figures, trees and clouds of the original painting into a vivid network of lines and gestural brushwork, Auerbach conveys a powerful sense of energy and movement. 'I mean to make it as extreme as possible', he told the collector David Wilkie, who commissioned the painting.

August 2004

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