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Frank Auerbach
etchings & drypoints 1954-2006

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Early drypoints

These are the earliest prints in the exhibition, dating from around 1954 when Auerbach was still a student at the Royal College of Art. They were printed by the artist (using the back of a spoon to apply pressure) and never formally editioned as a set. The dozen or so sets that survive went to fellow artists and friends, such as James Kirkman, who gave his set to the Fitzwilliam. There is considerable variation in printing, and some of the sets were made up with earlier proofs that Auerbach had printed before burnishing away, or adding, work on the plate.

P.8-2000

Reclining Nude
c.1954
Drypoint, second state, numbered 20/20.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.8-2000
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P.9-2000

Nude seated on a low chair
c.1954
Drypoint, second state, numbered 4/20 (deleted?).
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.9-2000
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P.10-2000

Nude seated with arms above her head
c.1954
Drypoint
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.10-2000
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P.11-2000

Standing figure
c.1954
Drypoint, first state printed before a table and teapot was added to the left of the figure, which Auerbach subsequently burnished away again.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.11-2000
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P.12-2000

Nude seated on a folding chair
c.1954
Drypoint, first state printed before all of the shading in the background was added and the angle of the model's right shoulder was altered.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.12-2000
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P.12-2000

Nude in profile
c.1954
Drypoint, second state, inscribed 2nd state 8/10.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.13-2000
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