Frank Auerbach’s Early Charcoal Portraits Examine Human Life at a Profound Level » Design You Trust

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The German-British painter Frank Auerbach used charcoal to sketch a series of large portraits between 1956 and 1962. He would repeatedly erase the image after each session, tearing the paper in the process. Curator Barnaby Wright has assembled the portraits for an exhibition, calling them a richer and more vibrant substitute for superficial depictions of people. The detailed drawings provoke complex responses.


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