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Frank Auerbach 'surprised' by his paintings

4 October 2013 Last updated at 17:27 BST

Renowned British painter Frank Auerbach says his paintings are "always a surprise to me".

The artist, who is known for destroying works that displease him, told BBC Radio 4's Front Row: "I never know when something will appear on the canvas that I think is worth leaving."

Auerbach was giving a rare interview ahead of the opening of Raw Truth, an exhibition at London's Ordovas gallery, in which his paintings will be juxtaposed with those of Rembrandt.

Now 82, the Berlin-born artist is regarded as one of the outstanding painters of his generation, in particular for his depictions of London and his wife, Julia.

In a rare interview about his creative process, he admitted: "I don't have any days off, because I find it fun".

"I just like my routine," he told John Wilson. "If you've got the impulse, it's very nice if you've got the brush in your hand."

Listen to the full interview with Frank Auerbach on Front Row, at 19:15 BST on 4 October, 2013.

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