Six Etchings of Heads 1980-2

Auerbach's first series of portrait etchings, proofed and printed by Terry Willson at Palm Tree Studios, and published by Bernard Jacobsen, London.

In 1980 Auerbach visited the artist Joe Tilson in Somerset and made an etching of him. Tilson bit the plate and his son Jake printed it. Back in London, Auerbach etched the rest of the set: all portraits of artists who, like Tilson, were old friends (Kitaj, Kossoff and Freud) or relatives who already sat for him (his wife Julia and his cousin Gerda Boehm).

Image["P.14-2000"]

Joe Tilson
1980
Etching, printed on Arches paper, from the published edition of 50.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.14-2000
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Image["P.15-2000"]

R. B. Kitaj
1980
Etching printed from two plates in black and grey on Arches paper, from the published edition of 50.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.15-2000
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Image["P.16-2000"]

Leon Kossoff
1980
Etching, printed on Arches paper, from the published edition of 50.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.16-2000
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Image["P.17-2000"]

Lucian Freud
1981
Etching, printed from four plates in blacks and greys on Arches paper, from the published edition of 50.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.17-2000
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Image["P.18-2000"]

Gerda Boehm
1981
Etching, printed on Arches paper, from the published edition of 50.
The sitter, Auerbach's cousin, had been the subject of one of the screenprints that Auerbach made in the 1960s.
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.18-2000
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Image["P.19-2000"]

Julia
1981
Etching, printed on Arches paper, from the published edition of 50.
The sitter, Auerbach's wife, featured in a number of later prints (see P.20-2000, P.27-2000 and Prints of Julia).
Given by James Kirkman 2000
P.19-2000
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