Frank Auerbach

Study after Titian I

1965

Artist
Frank Auerbach born 1931
Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 638 x 570 mm
frame: 895 x 815 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the executors of the estate of David Wilkie 1993
Reference
T06683

Not on display

Display caption

Wilkie's fascination for Titian led him to commission Auerbach to execute a number of works inspired by the Renaissance master. Six of Wilkie's Auerbachs came about as the result of such commissions. The first commission, in 1965, was for Auerbach to paint a version of Titian's 'Tarquin and Lucretia', a painting which had deeply moved Wilkie when he saw it in an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1959. Of that memorable experience Wilkie later said 'for a fraction of a second it seemed that the room was on fire'. Auerbach painted two works related to the Titian: this painting and the companion piece 'Study after Titian II' shown nearby.

Gallery label, September 2004

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