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ID number:  BIRBI-2015.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Auerbach, Frank Helmut (b. 1931)
Title / Object name:  Primrose Hill - Winter
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  London
Date made:  1981-2
Materials:  Oil on board
Measurements:  121.9 x 152.4 cm

Primrose Hill - Winter captures the moment at dusk when the park-like landscape is lit by the last glimmers of daylight and the streetlamps have just flickered into life – or, perhaps, the corresponding moment at dawn. The strong diagonals of the footpaths give movement, structure and depth to the composition. Although reworked and revised over a prolonged period of time, this landscape is also, paradoxically, an expression of a momentary insight into the nature of an everyday scene.

Notes:  One of 43 works from the estate of Lucian Freud offered to HM Governement in lieu of tax and now dispersed to public collections across the UK. It is the first painting by a living artist to be accepted into the permanent collection and the most recent to date.

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