BACON OWNED LUCIAN FREUD PHOTOGRAPH INSPIRES NEW JASPER JOHNS EXHIBITION

 

Photograph of Lucian Freud by John Deakin 1964. Coll. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane © 2014 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved.
Photograph of Lucian Freud by John Deakin 1964. Coll. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane © 2014 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved.

MoMA New York is currently hosting a new exhibition entitled: ‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’, which displays works by the American artist inspired by a photograph once owned by Francis Bacon.

In June 2012, artist Jasper Johns was viewing a Christies London sales catalogue of work by Francis Bacon when he came across photographs of the painter Lucian Freud. They were taken by photographer John Deakin in 1964 at the request of Bacon, the artist famously preferring photographic reference over live models for his paintings.

One particular photograph of Lucian Freud caught Jasper Johns’ eye. Freud is sitting on a quilt-covered brass bed in the corner of a room. He has one leg folded under the other, his head bowed, his face obscured by a raised hand. His stooped-shouldered, folded-in pose suggests exhaustion and despair. The despair is further reinforced by the condition of the photograph, creased and torn, with its left edge secured with a paper clip. The photo was found in Bacon’s cluttered studio after his death in 1992.

From this photograph, not just its image of Freud but the physical distressed condition of the photographic print itself, that Johns has based a group of nearly two dozen paintings, drawings and prints. Jasper Johns according to the New York Times brings to the ‘Regrets’ series “…a full arsenal of transforming manoeuvres used in the past.” The artist employs a range of media in visualising his variation on the theme; oil paint, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, graphite, coloured pencil, ink on paper, ink on plastic, printing ink and photocopying.

As well as Johns’ works, the original photograph (pictured above) that inspired the exhibition is present at the MoMA, on loan from Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Francis Bacon himself had used the photograph in painting the triptych ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ 1969, which last year become the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction after fetching $142m.

For more information on the exhibition ‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’ please visit the MoMA exhibition page, and view this article from The New York Times.

Jasper Johns: Regrets
March 15 – September 1st 2014
MoMA New York
www.moma.org/

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Please note that all exhibition details including works displayed and dates are subject to change. For any confirmation please consult MoMA.

GRAPHIC WORKS OF BACON EXHIBITED IN THE NETHERLANDS

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of Peter Beard 1975' (centre panel), © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
A print version of the above Francis Bacon painting 'Three Studies for a Portrait of Peter Beard 1975' (centre panel) is on display at the Noordbrabants Museum. Image © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

In a world first, Het Noordbrabants Museum are exhibiting the most important works of the graphic oeuvre of Francis Bacon in an exhibition entitled: Francis Bacon – The Graphic Works.

The exhibition features 27 lithographs, etchings and aquatints from the period 1971-1991. All displayed graphic works are based on the artist’s personal selection from his paintings, originating from commissions for book illustrations, editions made for exhibitions, and private editions.

For more information including opening hours please visit the Het Noordbrabants Museum website.

Francis Bacon – The Graphic Works
April 12th – August 24th 2014
Het Noordbrabants Museum
Verwersstraat 41
’s-Hertogenbosch
info@hnbm.nl
073-6877877

Word ref: Het Noordbrabants Museum website.
Please note that all exhibition details including dates and displayed works are subject to change, please consult Het Noordbrabants Museum for all confirmation.