Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach

Speaking and Painting

  1. Catherine Lampert
  • ISBN 9780500239254
  • 22.90 x 15.20 cm
  • Hardback
  • 240pp
  • 100 Illustrations, 78 in colour
  • First published 2015

An intimate portrait of one of Britain’s greatest living artists

In the course of a career covering more than sixty years, Auerbach has established a still growing international reputation for his paintings with their vigorous, precise brushwork. He is also respected as one of modern and contemporary art’s clearest thinkers.

• See an interview with Auerbach on BBC News
• Hear Frank Auerbach in conversation with Tim Marlow in the Royal Academy podcast
• See the interview with Catherine Lampert in the Evening Standard
• See the article in Vogue by Hannah Rothschild
• Read the interview with Nicholas Wroe in the The Guardian
• See the review by Ariane Bankes in 'The Spectator'


‘The book is a beautiful object, full of superb reproductions and photos … This is a terrific read … it only leaves you longing for more’ – The Independent
‘A gripping, sensitive portrait, close to biography but brighter and livelier than straightforward narrative in conveying the rhythms of Auerbach’s paintings, life and thought– Financial Times, Art Books of the Year
'Reading this book subtly raises one’s awareness of his imagery, sharpening one’s excitement at the prospect of seeing the whole trajectory of his art'– Literary Review
‘This book is a necessity for all Auerbach’s admirers, for it contains much fresh and vivid detail about his life and work’– Art Quarterly
‘A rare chance to listen to the lovely and self-deprecating wisdom of painter Frank Auerbach’– AnOther
‘One of the truest books on painters and paintings I have ever read’– Daily Telegraph
‘Fresh, gripping and generously illustrated’– Financial Times


Frank Auerbach

Catherine Lampert has had unique access to the artist since 1978, when she first became one of his sitters. With an emphasis on Auerbach ‘speaking’, drawn from her conversations with him and from published and archival interviews, she gives a rare insight into his professional life, working methods and philosophy.

Auerbach also reflects on the places, people and experiences that have shaped his life. These include arriving in Britain as a nearly-8-year-old refugee from Nazi Germany in 1939, finding his way in the London art world of the 1950s and 1960s, his friendships with Leon Kossoff, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, among others, and his approaches to painting.

The text is complemented by illustrations of Auerbach’s paintings and drawings as well as by images from the studio and personal photographs that have never been published before.

Catherine Lampert is an independent curator and art historian, and was director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London from 1988 to 2001. She is the curator of the Auerbach retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bonn and Tate Britain, 2014–15.


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