Frank Auerbach (1931-)

Artist Frank Auerbach was born in 1931 in Berlin to Jewish parents. He lives and works in London.

The Ben Uri collection includes 11 works by Frank Auerbach in the Ben Uri Permanent Collection including Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II (2004). Find out more about Frank Auerbach.

Work by Frank Auerbach in the Ben Uri permanent collection

Head of Helen Gillespie (c. 1962-64)


Catherine (1989)

David (1989)


Geoffrey (1990)

Jake (1990)


Julia (1989)

JYM 1985

Michael (1990)

Nude Standing, June (1954)


Nude (1954)

Mornington Crescent,
Summer Morning II



Study for Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II (2004)

Frank Auerbach biography

Childhood and education

In 1939 he was forced to emigrate to England, leaving his parents behind in Germany, where they subsequently perished in concentration camps. He was naturalised in 1947.

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 evening classes with David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic, during which time he became friends with fellow painter Leon Kossoff.

He studied 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.


Auerbach exhibited regularly at the Beaux-Arts Gallery until 1963 and at Marlborough Galleries from 1965 to the present.

He has had a retrospective at the Hayward Gallery (1978) and solo exhibitions at the British Pavilion in the 1986 Venice Biennale and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (1989).

His work is represented in collections across the UK and USA, including London (Tate, Ben Uri), Scotland (National Museums of Scotland), New York (MoMA) and Chicago (The Art Institute of Chicago), and a major retrospective, curated by Catherine Lampert, is at Tate Britain (2015).