Coinciding with the anniversary of Francis Bacon’s birthday, the Estate’s official shop is hosting a week-long sale of up to 60 percent on all products, apart from books and DVDs. The sale runs from Monday October 28th until Sunday November 3rd. The official shop can be found here: www.francisbaconshop.com*
Items in the sale include our selection of high quality Art Prints of classic Bacon works – digitally printed on premium quality 250gsm graphic art paper with a matte finish, Postcard Packs, our case bound sewn sketchbook – suitable for writing, drawing and watercolour painting, and T-Shirts featuring Bacon quotes.
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was born in a nursing home at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin on the 28th October 1909. You can read about Francis Bacon’s life, from his origins in Ireland, travels across Europe and work in Soho, London, on a biography on the Estate’s website available here.
*Terms and conditions apply: the sale does not include books and DVDs. The Francis Bacon Shop reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time. All shop items are subject to availability.
‘The Face of the ‘900. From Matisse to Bacon. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou’ showcases 20th century artists who freed themselves from the constraints of portrait painting imposed by their clients, expressively capturing their subjects’ innermost self as well as their own artistic intentions, rather than producing flattering portrayals and assertions of social status through a set of perfectly codified signs.
The exhibition displays works from the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris on the theme of the portrait and the self-portrait. Featuring eighty masterpieces by the leading artists of the 20th century, including Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, and Antonio Saura.
For more information, including tickets and museum hours, please see the exhibition website.
The Telegraph has reported the following on news surrounding a previous sale of drawings, claimed to be Francis Bacon’s by their seller David Edwards:
When Francis Bacon past away on the 28th April 1992, his close friend John Edwards inherited the late artist’s entire Estate. John Edwards himself passed away in 2003. Four years later John Edwards’ brother David Edwards sold a collection of six drawings he claimed to be by Bacon for one million pounds, and months later a further six for three hundred thousand pounds.
However when the buyers showed their drawings to the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee in October 2007 they were told the style was: “inconsistent with all the sketches and paintings currently attributed to Bacon”. Martin Harrison, chair of the committee and eminent Bacon scholar, said the drawings were “fakes”, consistent “in every way” with the style of other copies. The value of the paintings was put at just over Four hundred and eighty pounds.
David Edwards, who was friends with Bacon when the artist was alive, was left bankrupt in 2009 from legal actions by the buyers of the sketches. Prior to being made bankrupt it emerged that David Edwards passed four hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds to his boyfriend John Frederick Tanner. Last May Mr Tanner was ordered to pay the sum to the buyers as reimbursement.
January saw a High Court Judge, Mr Justice Sales reject a bid from Mr Tanner to introduce fresh evidence that purportedly showed the drawings were genuine. Mr Tanner then appealed the decision, with Lady Justice Arden rejecting a bid to bring forward fresh evidence that the sketches are “authentic”, at London’s Appeal Court on October 7th 2013. Further details of this story, including reasons for Lady Justice Arden’s ruling, and the evidence that Mr Tanner hoped to introduce to the hearing are outlined in this article from The Telegraph.
*Please note the views expressed in this article are those of The Telegraph, and not those of the Estate of Francis Bacon.
The Estate of Francis Bacon wholly funds the research programme to produce and publish the complete work of Francis Bacon. Martin Harrison, FSA, was appointed editor of the new catalogue raisonné in 2005, and a research assistant, Dr Rebecca Daniels, was appointed in 2006. Their work, which has been funded entirely by the Estate, is scheduled for completion in 2014. A Catalogue Raisonné Committee and Authentication Board which consists of six members was set up in 2006 to enable unrecorded original works to be identified and fakes to be eliminated from the record. Since its inception the Committee has convened in London once or twice a year. The next Committee is scheduled to take place on 28th October 2013. Anyone who wishes to submit a work to the Committee would need to download a Submission Form which can be found here and return it duly completed to the address found on the form.
The pictured ‘Still Life-Broken Statue and Shadow’ (1984), oil on canvas, is one of twenty paintings by Francis Bacon on display at the Ashmolean, alongside twenty sculptures, and twenty drawings by Henry Moore.
More information about this, and other events in association with ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’, is available from the Ashmolean’s ‘What’s On’ doc (sections five and six). Also you can view more information about the exhibition itself on our previous blog post here, and on the Ashmolean’s website.
Colin Harrison Curator’s Talk
2-3pm, Tuesday 15th October 2013*
£4/£3 concessions* (online booking via Tickets Oxford available soon)
Headley Lecture Theatre
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
University of Oxford
*Please note that event details and attendees are subject to change.
Word ref: details provided by the Ashmolean museum, special thanks to Theresa Nicolson, The Henry Moore Foundation, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford.
Francis Bacon art will be exhibited in Liechtenstein, as the permanent collection from the Albertina, Austria, tours under the title: ‘Monet to Picasso The Batliner Collection’. The collection has been divided into two, with one part displayed at the Kunstmuseum, Liechtenstein, and the other on loan at The State Hermitage, St. Petersberg, Russia.
‘Monet to Picasso’, sees the Albertina exhibit its vast holdings of paintings from the period of Modernism, which are primarily made up of works from the Batliner Collection. The epochs covered by this reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection range from Impressionism and Fauvism to German Expressionism, the Bauhaus, and the Russian avant-garde; the presentation concludes with works by Picasso.
The Kunstmuseum will display works from Artists including, Francis Bacon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Max Ernst, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Alberto Giacometti, Georg Baselitz and of course Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.* The Francis Bacon art included in this exhibition is ‘Seated Figure’ 1960, oil on canvas, and will be displayed at the Kunstmuseum from October 4th until December 1st 2013.*
This exhibition is being developed in co-operation with the Albertina in Austria, Kunstmuseum in Liechtenstein, and The State Hermitage, in St. Petersberg, Russia. For more information visit the Albertina website.
*Please note dates and details are subject to change, due to the distribution of one collection to two locations visitors are recommended to investigate via the Albertina as to where particular works will be displayed.
Word ref: Albertina website.