The Human Touch

Making Art | Leaving Traces

Whose touch?

One of two plates used for a double-plate etching of Ruth Bromberg (1921–2010), print scholar, collector and dealer. Our skin produces oil that will, over time, erode metal surfaces. The edges of this plate are now marked with fingerprints, either Auerbach’s own or those of Marc Balakjian (1938–2017), the artist and master printer with whom he worked closely.

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931)
Copper plate for Ruth II
Copper etched in hard-ground and aquatint, 25.3 x 20.4 cm
Given by Frank Auerbach with Marc Balakjian and Dorothea Wight of Studio Prints, 1997

Copyright the Artist, Courtesy Marlborough, London

Section: Three

Whose touch?
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