Frank Auerbach
J.Y.M. Seated No. 1 1981

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Frank Auerbach born 1931
J.Y.M. Seated No. 1
Date 1981
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 711 x 610 mm
frame: 880 x 780 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Not on display

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The subject of this painting is Juliet Yardley Mills (JYM), Auerbach's principal model since 1963. Auerbach has completed over seventy portraits

and studies of Mills. This, the first of three paintings of her executed in 1981, was completed in about twenty sittings. As in nearly all his studies of her, Mills is shown looking out of the picture and is seen slightly from below. In contrast to Auerbach's earlier paintings, in which the paint surface is built up to a thick accretion, this portrait demonstrates the freedom of drawing and fluid movement of paint which characterise his later style.

August 2004

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