About this artwork

The park at Primrose Hill, near Auerbach’s studio in Camden Town, is one of the artist’s favourite motifs. This work was painted in 1961-62 in a range of brown tones; it was then put aside and completely re-worked in 1964 in brighter colours. The practice of painting, scraping off paint, and repainting is integral to the artist’s working process, resulting in works which are thickly encrusted with paint. Auerbach’s subjects, whether people or places, come from his immediate surroundings as he prefers to be familiar with what he paints in order to capture the essence of his subject. Auerbach has depicted Primrose Hill in all seasons and weathers.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Frank AuerbachEnglish (born 1931)
  • title:
    Primrose Hill: Spring Sunshine
  • date created:
    1961 - 1962 / 1964
  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • measurements:
    112.50 x 140.00 cm; Framed: 122.90 x 150.90 x 10.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Miss Dorothy Claire Weicker 1984
  • accession number:
    GMA 2847
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach