Rizzoli, New York, 2009
out of print
Auerbach, who was born in Berlin in 1931 and came to Britain when he was eight, repeatedly paints people he knows well and places he is familiar with. His drawings and paintings are strikingly immediate; their impact has urgency; they relate in various ways as much to certain preferred Old Masters as to the contemporary artists with whom he tends to be associated, notably Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. The book includes 200 color plates together with a separate reference section comprising around 900 images—Auerbach’s complete works to date—many of them not previously reproduced. Writer and art historian William Feaver discusses Auerbach’s work both in its immediate context and in relation to the great tradition of painting. Extensive conversations with the artist are also included.