Frank Auerbach

Portrait of Gerda Boehm

About this artwork

Auerbach has always painted mainly landscapes and townscapes in the Camden Town area of London and portraits of a few close friends and relatives. This is a portrait of his cousin, Gerda Boehm. The extremely thick impasto paint is typical of Auerbach’s work. Although it has the appearance of accumulating over several months, the artist regularly scrapes off all the paint to start afresh. At first glance this small work appears abstract: the diagonal slices of jagged oil paint slowly emerge as a human face, tilted slightly to one side with downcast eyes.

  • title:
    Portrait of Gerda Boehm
  • accession number:
    GML 2021
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  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • date created:
    1965
  • credit line:
    Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland
  • copyright:
    © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art. Reproduced courtesy Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland

Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach