© The Artist
Black and red felt-tip pen (spirit-based permanent marker), with yellow, blue and red wax crayons on paper
Given by James Kirkman, 1999
Born in Berlin, Auerbach moved to England in 1939. He still lives and works in London, where his work has been dominated by paintings of people, usually friends and family, observed in his Camden Town studio. Drawing is at the heart of Auerbach's artistic practice; he begins each day with repeated exploration of the surrounding townscape in drawings that have filled countless sketchbooks. This is one of two sketchbooks given by James Kirkman, who has himself been the subject of Auerbach's paintings and prints. The book includes studies for the paintings To the Studios, Tree on Primrose Hill and Mornington Crescent.
The Fitzwilliam has an earlier landscape painting of Primrose Hill by Auerbach and a complete set of all his prints (initiated by the donation of James Kirkman's collection and continued by gifts of each new print from the artist himself).