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Art Lesson: Frank Auerbach

Although Frank Auerbach frequently traveled in the same postwar artistic circles as figurative painters Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and John Minton, his own figurative work often exudes a different sort of emotional intensity. With his thick application of paint and overloaded surfaces, Auerbach tends to obscure his subjects with harried brushstrokes as a way of visually expressing the distressed inner workings of their minds. One of the most celebrated contemporary British artists, Auerbach creates works that are at once moving and thought provoking.

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