Ben Uri collection

Nude Standing

Artist information

Name Frank Auerbach (1931-)

Born Berlin, Germany

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Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin to Jewish parents in 1931 and immigrated to England in 1939 (naturalised in 1947); his parents, who remained behind, subsequently perished in concentration camps. Auerbach spent his childhood at Bunce Court, a progressive boarding school in Kent for Jewish refugee children. He attended St Martin’s School of Art (1948-52) and studied at David Bomberg’s evening classes at Borough Polytechnic together with Leon Kossoff, as well as at the Royal College of Art from 1952-55. Shortly after completing his studies, he was given his first solo exhibition (1956) by dealer Helen Lessore at the Beaux- Arts Gallery, where he exhibited regularly until 1963, and then at Marlborough Galleries from 1965 to the present. He has had retrospectives at the Hayward Gallery (1978), Tate (2016) and solo exhibitions at the British Pavilion in the 1986 Venice Biennale and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (1989). His work is represented in collections throughout the UK and USA. Frank Auerbach lives and works in London.

Object Details

Date 1954

Object type drawing

Medium Pencil and red crayon on paper

Materials and techniques crayon | pencil (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 55 x 37.6 cm

Framed 69 x 49.5 cm

Signed and dated (lower left) Auerbach June 1954

Acquisition Purchased for Ben Uri 1968

Accession number 1987-19

Display status not on display

Standing Female Nude, c.1954, is one of two early art school life drawings (probably using the same model) in the Ben Uri Collection, which were almost certainly carried out during the artist's student years at the Royal College and show the beginnings of Auerbach’s distinctive vigorous and heavily worked style.

Selected exhibition history

2015 Out of Chaos – Ben Uri: 100 Years in London

2018 Finchleystrasse: German artists in exile in Great Britain and beyond 1933-45

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© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art