Jun 7, 2007

Head of Gerda Boehm

Head of Gerda Boehm


Frank Auerbach

(British, 1931-)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 90 x 84.5 x 5.5 cm (35 7/16 x 33 1/4 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 64.1 x 61 cm (25 1/4 x 24 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1982.38



In his portraits, Auerbach is more interested in capturing personality, emotion, and form than representing the person’s likeness. This is a portrait of his cousin Gerda, presented as a series of shared experiences between the artist and sitter. By scraping and building up the canvas surface with thick paint he creates abstracted figures. As he said about painting portraits, “Nothing can be left out…you have to bury the irrelevant in the painting somehow,” evident in the painting’s overwhelming sculptural thickness. Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1982.38

See also
CONTEMP - Painting
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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