- Frank Auerbach
- The Postman; The Artist in His Studio; Circus Performers; At the Gallery
- one inscribed TO JYM, three inscribed FOR JYM
- black pen and felt-tip pen
- each 11 by 16cm.; 4½ by 6¼in.
The two formed a close attachment throughout this thirty year working relationship, which the current collection of works bears testament to. Auerbach fondly decorated the envelopes of cards at Christmases and birthdays, as well as further events throughout the years, roughly sketching a charming array of elephants, typically personified and cast as characters in everyday scenes. As well as representing the close personal relationship between Auerbach and his subject, the sketches also highlight the artist’s work in a spontaneous, humorous light. The images, bright, lively and deeply personal, jump off the paper and bring to life the close relationship between an artist and the model that had spent hour up hour posing, week upon week, year after year, in difficult conditions in his North London studio, and the fondness that he felt towards her.
As JYM later described after her retirement from sitting “We had a wonderful relationship because I thought the world of his and he was very fond of me. There was no sort of romance but we were very close. Real friends. Sundays now I’m always miserable.” (quoted in Catherine Lampert, Norman Rosenthal and Ian Carlisle, Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings 1954 – 2001, Royal Academy, London, 2001, pp.26-27).