RECLINING HEAD OF GERDA BOEHM
oil on board
30 by 30 cm. 11¾ by 11¾ in.
framed: 49 by 49 cm. 19¼ by 19¼ in.
Executed in 1981.
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This work is very good condition. There are some compressed impasto peaks in places. No restoration is apparent under ultra violet light.
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Marlborough Gallery, New York
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1984)
Sotheby’s, London, 8 March 2018, Lot 210
Acquired from the above
William Feaver, Frank Auerbach, New York 2009, p. 288, no. 456, illustrated in colour
New York, Marlborough Gallery, Frank Auerbach: Recent Paintings and Drawings, April 1982, p. 23, no. 12, illustrated
"…the paint became thicker and thicker, and I didn't notice it...the surface of the painting was eloquent, but it wasn't eloquent for its own sake... It wasn't intentional at all. But on the other hand I was quite prepared to let anything happen because I wanted to make something new"
Frank Auerbach cited in William Feaver, Frank Auerbach, Rizzoli, New York, 2009, p. 231