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Frank Auerbach - HEAD OF EOW., SKETCH II, (oil on board) 1961

Frank Auerbach, Early Works 1954 – exhibition installed by independent curator and art historian Catherine Lampert will feature eighteen w

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

The octogenarian artist on 60 years as a workaholic, Soho life with Bacon and Freud and how the art-price bubble will burst

Frank Auerbach

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frank Helmut Auerbach (born 29 April is a German-born British painter. He has been a naturalised British citizen since 1947

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

The octogenarian artist on 60 years as a workaholic, Soho life with Bacon and Freud and how the art-price bubble will burst

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

Auerbach's Rebuilding the Empire Cinema, Leicester Courtauld Gallery, London. Courtesy of the Marlborough Fine Art London

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

Frank Auerbach: 'Painting is the most marvellous activity humans have invented'

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Frank Auerbach's London: the extraordinary life and loves – in pictures

Auerbach’s canvases reveal his unique vision of London’s streets – from Camden Town caught in vibrant reds and greens, to the autumnal yellow light on Primrose Hill – and the friends who have sat for him over the years