LYON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SET TO DISPLAY BACON WORKS

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Bullfight no 2' 1969, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Study for Bullfight no 2' 1969, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey' 1980, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey' 1980, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Musée des Beaux-Arts De Lyon (Lyon Museum of Fine Arts) is set to display two works by Francis Bacon from this November in the exhibition ‘From Degas to Bacon. The Jacqueline Delubac Collection’.

The two Francis Bacon paintings due to feature in the exhibition are ‘Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey’ 1980, and ‘Study for a Bullfight, no. 2′ 1969. Actress Jacqueline Delubac acquired first ‘Carcass of Meat…’ in 1982 and later ‘Study for a Bullfight…’, with both paintings bequeathed to the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts after Delubac’s death in 1997 as per her wishes.

‘Study for a Bullfight, no. 2′ evokes a sense of swirling physical movement with curves surrounding the turning bull and fighter, whom almost become one. It is believed by some that there is no story Bacon wishes to tell here, but rather a strictly physical interpretation of a bullfight. Bacon is known to of sought sensations above narrative in his painting.

‘From Degas to Bacon. The Jacqueline Delubac Collection’ is a major autumn exhibition presenting Delubac as an actress, “most elegant woman in all of Paris”, and an art collector, who bequeathed thirty-eight significant works of art to the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, the city of her birth. For more information please visit the exhibition website.

From Degas to Bacon. The Jacqueline Delubac collection
November 5th 2014 – February 16th 2015
Lyon Museum of Fine Arts
20 place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon
33 (0)4 72 10 17 40

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Please note that all details including displays, dates and times are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Lyon Museum of Fine Arts directly.

‘STUDY FOR A POPE III’ TO BE EXHIBITED IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, 'Study for a Pope III' 1961, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Study for a Pope III' 1961, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a Pope III’ (1961) is to be displayed at the Skarstedt Gallery London in their upcoming exhibition ‘In Homage’.

‘In Homage’ runs from June 27th to August 8th. The exhibition explores the ways in which artists have been influenced by their predecessors, looking beyond comparison, considering aspects such as affinity, stylistic approach and painterly process.

‘Study for a Pope III’ was last exhibited in London at the Tate Gallery in 1962. The piece is another example of Francis Bacon returning to the subject of Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1650), a theme first explored by Bacon in 1950.

“Because I think it is one of the greatest portraits that have ever been made, and I became obsessed by it. I buy book after book with this illustration in it of the Velasquez Pope, because it just haunts me, and it opens up all sorts of feelings and areas of – I was going to say – imagination, even, in me.” – Francis Bacon on Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Bacon originally conceived this work as part of a polyptych of six paintings. Skarstedt believe that in this study, perhaps more than in any other, the contradiction of man’s mortality versus the power of the Papal office is best conveyed by the frailty of the diminished figure engulfed in his throne and the splattering of paint depicting his facial contortions. Like Velázquez before him, Bacon’s achievement lies in his ability to go beyond a formal likeness and to capture the essence of the man himself.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include George Condo, Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince and Andy Warhol, with their paintings referencing masterpieces by Velázquez, Picasso, Baselitz, Ernst, Goya, Munch and de Chirico. For further information please visit the Skarstedt website.

In Homage
June 27th – August 8th, 2014
Skarstedt Gallery London
23 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PZ
t: +44 207 499 5200

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RARELY SEEN BACON TRIPTYCH TO BE EXHIBITED AND AUCTIONED BY SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)', 1964, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)', 1964, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s triptych ‘Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)’, 1964, is to be displayed in London for the first time in 20 years by Sotheby’s, ahead of its sale at their Contemporary Art Evening Auction.

Having remained in the same collection since 1970 the small scale triptych has rarely been seen. It will be exhibited in Sotheby’s London galleries from Friday 27th until noon on Monday 30th June, prior to its auction on the evening of the 30th.

Interestingly, despite 129 photograph’s of Dyer found in Bacon’s Studio after the Bacon’s death, this triptych is known as one of only five of Dyer painted in this small scale. Speculation on the smaller size has been interpreted by some as an intimate gesture by the painter, with Dyer considered to be the love of Bacon’s life.

Sotheby’s believe ‘Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)’ is thought to mark a significant point in Bacon’s work, in that it is in all likelihood the first painting that Bacon painted using the photographs of John Deakin as source material. In early 1964, just months after he first met Dyer, Bacon commissioned Deakin – a former Vogue staff photographer and one of Bacon’s Soho drinking buddies – to take photographs of Dyer and other fellow habitués of Soho’s Colony Room. The photographs of Deakin became much used source material in Bacon’s art.

“If I know them and have photographs of them, I find it easier to work than actually having their presence in the room. I think that, if I have the presence of the images there, I am not able to drift so freely as I am able to through the photographic image. This may just be my own neurotic sense but I find it less inhibiting to work from them through memory and their photographs than actually having them seated there before me.” (the artist cited in: David Sylvester, Interviews with Francis Bacon, London 1993, p.48).

For more information about Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction and exhibition dates and location, please visit Sotheby’s auction website.

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Please note that all details including viewing times are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s.