Michael Peppiatt

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Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting

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While exhibition catalogues of his work abound, there are only two books on Frank Auerbach: the first, by Robert Hughes, was published in 1990; the second, by William Feaver, came out in 2009. Thus, as the artist enters his eighty-fifth year, a new book about him and his painting is particularly welcome. Its author, Catherine Lampert, could hardly be better qualified for the task: she is both a close confidante of the artist, having patiently sat for him for decades, and the curator of several large-scale exhibitions of his painting, including a forthcoming retrospective that will be shown at Tate Britain from October 2015 until March 2016.

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