Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II
Medium: Oil on board
Dimensions: 51.1 x 51.1 cms
Acquired in 2006 from Marlborough Fine Art with the assistance of the artist, Marlborough Fine Art, the Art Fund, the V&A/MLA Purchase Grant Fund, Pauline and Daniel Auerbach and anonymous donors
This vibrant landscape is one of a number by the artist depicting Mornington Crescent, the area in Camden Town, north London, where he has worked in Gustav Metzger’s former studio since 1954. It is painted with the distinctive heavy impasto, which characterises Auerbach’s work.
In his portraits and nudes, as well as urban landscapes, Auerbach frequently returns to the same subject. Here, using a lively yellow and blue palette that contrasts with the earthy tones of his earlier urban scenes, he transforms the choking London traffic into a vigorous surge of pigment. The date ‘2004’ scratched into the paintwork suggests the urgency and transcience of both life and art.
Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin in 1931 and came to Britain in 1939 as an evacuee from Nazi Germany. He studied art in London from 1947-52, including under David Bomberg at the Borough Polytechnic (1947-8).
Born: 1931 Berlin, Germany