Frank Auerbach
To the Studios 1979–80

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Frank Auerbach born 1931
To the Studios
Date 1979–80
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1232 x 1026 mm
frame: 1350 x 1139 x 91 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Frank Auerbach

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'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.

September 2004

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