News / Sainsbury Centre bequeathed major Frank Auerbach painting from Arts Council England

Sainsbury Centre bequeathed major Frank Auerbach painting from Arts Council England

Frank Auerbach, Head of Gerda Boehm, 1964, oil on board, 61 x 61 cms

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich has received a major painting by Frank Auerbach bequeathed by friend and celebrated fellow artist Lucian Freud who died in 2011.

Head of Gerda Boehm is a powerful work from the artists early period depicting a portrait of his cousin, one of his frequent models.

The portrait has been acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, run by Arts Council England. The scheme allows museums to apply for works bequeathed to the nation in lieu of tax. Museums must first make a detailed submission with justifications and then a panel of experts decide the most appropriate home.

Commenting on the bequest Calvin Winner, Head of Collections at the Sainsbury Centre said: “Auerbach is perhaps the greatest living painter in the UK as well as one of the most collectable artists of his generation and his paintings sell for seven figure sums. To have successfully bid for and received one of these eminent works is a real coup for the Sainsbury Centre. The painting is already on display at the heart of the permanent display which are free to visit.