Frank AuerbachSketch from Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' 1970-1

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Frank Auerbach (born 1931)
Sketch from Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
Date 1970-1
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 299 x 270 mm
Acquisition Presented anonymously 2000
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


From his days as a student at St Martin's School of Art in London (1948-52), Auerbach has spent many hours making drawings and paintings from works in the collection at the National Gallery in order, he remarked, 'to remind myself of what quality is and what's actually demanded of paintings' (Lampert, p.34). In 1995 the National Gallery's exhibition Frank Auerbach and the National Gallery: Working after the Masters demonstrated the importance of drawing to Auerbach's method and the extent to which he used his numerous studies of paintings after Rembrandt, Titian and Rubens to help him compose his own figure studies and landscapes.

This group of three sketches (T07628-T07630) made after Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne (1521-3) in the National Gallery was part of a commission from David Wilkie (1921-92). Wilkie had become fascinated with the work of the Italian Renaissance artists following a study of the Vatican's collection in Rome in the mid 1940s… (read more)

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