The Human Touch

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The trace of touch

This print is from a set of six, made around 1954 when Frank Auerbach was a student at London’s Royal College of Art. The artist used a nail to scratch the lines and printed the images by rubbing the back of the paper with a spoon. The set was never formally editioned; its immediate and experimental nature is apparent from the fingerprints on the sheet’s edges.

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931)
Nude seated on a folding chair
c.1954
Drypoint on paper, 25.1 x 21 cm 
Given by James Kirkman, 2000
P.12-2000

Copyright the Artist, Courtesy Marlborough, London

Section: Three

The trace of touch
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