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Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin of Jewish parents; his father was a lawyer and his mother a former art student. He came to England in 1939 as a refugee from Germany and later began his studies in art in 1947 at Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute, during which time he also became a British citizen. Following this he studied under the artist David Bomberg, during which period he developed a friendship with fellow student Leon Kossoff, before going to St Martin’s School of Art from 1948-52, and the Royal College of Art from 1952-55, where he was awarded a Silver Medal and First Class Honours.

Auerbach is known for the heavy impasto of his paintings, where the brush strokes and layers of paint take on the sculptural quality of a relief, although in many of his later works, t...

Jake Seated - Frank Auerbach

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OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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