Frank Auerbach and R. B. Kitaj in London Legacy, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria

Frank Auerbach

R. B. Kitaj

In 1976, the artist RB Kitaj coined the term ‘School of London’ in the catalogue for an Arts Council exhibition he curated called ‘The Human Clay’. He used the term to describe a group of artists based in London whose work centred on the figure. They included Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and Kitaj himself.

Five years after the death of Freud, this display at Abbot Hall is centred on three works acquired from the collection of Freud and presented to Lakeland Arts through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme. Two of the works are by Freud’s great friend, Frank Auerbach. These are characteristically energetic drawings of the artist’s wife, Julia, executed with his usual intensity and vigour. Uniquely, one of them is still tacked to the drawing board. Freud liked it this way and had it framed with pins and board intact. A third work acquired from the Freud collection is a beautiful study of a nude, painted by Michael Andrews, another School of London associate.

Completing the display are further works by Auerbach as well as paintings by contemporaries and followers of the School of London figurative tradition, including Kitaj and Tony Bevan, whose searing Horizon is a typically unflinching exploration of the human condition.

25 May – 19 October 2016

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Image: Frank Auerbach, David Landau, 2007, etching and aquatint with engraving

 

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Frank Auerbach

R. B. Kitaj

In 1976, the artist RB Kitaj coined the term ‘School of London’ in the catalogue for an Arts Council exhibition he curated called ‘The Human Clay’. He used the term to describe a group of artists based in London whose work centred on the figure. They included Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and Kitaj himself.

Five years after the death of Freud, this display at Abbot Hall is centred on three works acquired from the collection of Freud and presented to Lakeland Arts through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme. Two of the works are by Freud’s great friend, Frank Auerbach. These are characteristically energetic drawings of the artist’s wife, Julia, executed with his usual intensity and vigour. Uniquely, one of them is still tacked to the drawing board. Freud liked it this way and had it framed with pins and board intact. A third work acquired from the Freud collection is a beautiful study of a nude, painted by Michael Andrews, another School of London associate.

Completing the display are further works by Auerbach as well as paintings by contemporaries and followers of the School of London figurative tradition, including Kitaj and Tony Bevan, whose searing Horizon is a typically unflinching exploration of the human condition.

25 May – 19 October 2016

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Image: Frank Auerbach, David Landau, 2007, etching and aquatint with engraving

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