Frank Auerbach

Study after Titian I


On loan

Newlands House Gallery (Petworth, UK): Auerbach Unseen

Frank Auerbach born 1931
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 673 × 622 mm
frame: 880 × 830 × 94 mm
Presented by the executors of the estate of David Wilkie 1993

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Both this painting and the related work, 'Study after Titian I', shown nearby, were inspired by Titian's 'Tarquin and Lucretia'. Although the original work exists in two versions, one being in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Wilkie specified that the version in question was the one in the Akademie der Bildenden Künst in Vienna. Titian's subject is Tarquin's rape of Lucretia. Auerbach created his versions of that image by working from a reclining female model who adopted the pose of Lucretia, and from a drawing made from a reproduction of the original work. In both works a gash in the paint surface forcefully conveys a sense of violence and violation.

Gallery label, September 2004

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