Frank Auerbach

Study atter Titian II


On loan

Newlands House Gallery (Petworth, UK): Auerbach Unseen

Frank Auerbach born 1931
Oil paint on board
Support: 638 × 570 mm
frame: 895 × 815 × 85 mm
Presented by the executors of the estate of David Wilkie 1993

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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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