'There is a sort of magic in conjuring up a real place', Auerbach has said. In the late 1970s, he began painting the path leading to his studios in Camden Town, north London. His familiarity with the setting allowed him 'a kind of intimacy and excitement and confidence that comes from inhabiting the painting and knowing exactly where everything is'. The literal appearance of the location is transformed by the artist's expressive brushwork. Over nine months, Auerbach repeatedly scraped down and repainted the surface until the final image was achieved.
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