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An artist's life

August 30, 2014

Born 29 April 1931

Age 83

Career Auerbach has been exhibiting paintings since 1956. His style is instantly recognisable owing to his heavy application of paint.

High point Representing Britain in the Venice Biennale (1986) and sharing the the Golden Lion with Sigmar Polke; also a solo exhibition of his work at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2001.

Low point In 1939 Auerbach was sent to England to escape the Nazi regime. His mother and father died in concentration camps in 1942, and he went to a boarding school for refugees.

What he says "It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning."

What they say "He is for me the most interesting painter in this country." David Sylvester, 1961

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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