British artist Frank Auerbach (1931) is one of the many artists to be inspired by Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s expressive approach to portraiture is reflected in Auerbach’s frenzied brushwork.
Frank Auerbach mainly paints portraits. They are expressive works; Auerbach is not interested in a photographic portrayal of his model. Just like Van Gogh, he wants to capture the personality of his subject on the canvas. Both artists use colour accents and thick brushstrokes to reveal the character of their models.
'And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter’. - Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, 14 December 1885.
In contrast to Van Gogh, Auerbach only paints portraits of people whom he knows well. Only then can he properly reproduce the personality of the model on the canvas. This painting is a portrait of his wife, Julia Hardley Mills.
Van Gogh inspires
Van Gogh still inspires artists from all corners of the globe. His choice of subject, brushwork and sense of style fire the imaginations of generations of modern and contemporary artists. A work by such an artist is on display at the Van Gogh Museum throughout the year, often together with a work by Van Gogh.