Tenth room

In this room a series of heads by Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and Antonio Saura, all of which share the same interest in representing the human figure through the materiality of the paint, are related to Lovis Corinth’s gestural and expressive turbulence. In all these works the very stroke of the brush and the heavily impastoed technique are the only elements that give form to the image of the sitter, while the model’s identity is hidden beneath a thick surface that envelops the figure and background with the same distorting effect.

Antonio Saura
Self-Portrait, 1960
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in. (60 x 73 cm)
Private collection
Head of J. Y. M.

Frank Auerbach
Head of J. Y. M., 1978
Oil on canvas, 24 x 26 in. (61 x 66 cm)
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Retrato de John Lessore

Leon Kossoff
Portrait of John Lessore, 1993
Oil on board, 55 x 37 1/2 in. (139.7 x 95.3 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and the LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California