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Auerbach spent many evenings with his friend and frequent model, Stella West in this sitting room. The earthy colours generate a sense of warmth and intimacy. Stella appears in profile on the left, leaning forward. Across the room, her daughter is seated in a chair beside a standard lamp. As one critic has commented, 'The forms are experienced rather than exhaustively explained. There is a depth and atmosphere. The room, as DHLawrence would say, has a soul'.

October 2000