Tim Behrens (1937-2017)
Acrylic on lined paper
Provenance William Darby, London 1974
Tim Behrens was one of the School of London of the 1950's, though he said in later life that he didn't believe it really existed
His portrait was painted four times by his mentor Freud and also by Michael Andrews. He was very close to Freud and they had relationships with the same women, a falling out was inevitable.
By his thirties he had left London for Europe, living in Spain Italy and Greece. Before his departure he let go a contract with Marlborough Gallery and was later appalled that paintings by his contemporaries could fetch the same prices as a house.
He continued to paint all his life and also wrote.
This painting is maybe a reflection of the portrait by Freud with a swathe of jumbled white rags or sheets cutting across the background of the painting.