The Estate of Francis Bacon is pleased to announce both our new and improved shop website: shop.francis-bacon.com, and some beautiful new additions to the Francis Bacon inspired products we offer.
The new shop site is designed to be easier to browse across desktop, smartphones and tablets, and we’re excited to be launching it alongside a range of new high quality additions to our Francis Bacon print line and a 50 postcard box set.
New prints include reproductions of Francis Bacon works: Study after Velázquez 1950, Dog 1952, Two Figures 1953, Study for a Pope I, 1961, Study for Bullfight No. 1 1969, Study for Self-Portrait 1973, the pictured Study for Self-Portrait 1982, and ‘Fury’ 1944. Our full range of Francis Bacon prints are digitally printed on premium quality 250gsm graphic art paper with a matte finish. The full range can be viewed here.
The new prints join a number of reproductions we previously offered, as well as publications (including books from ‘Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné’ editor Martin Harrison, FSA), and Francis Bacon inspired apparel and homeware. Visit our new shop site here.
*Please note that all items are subject to availability, and full details on each product can be found on our shop site.
The publication containing each of Bacon’s 584 paintings, has been edited by Martin Harrison, FSA, the pre-eminent expert on Bacon’s work, alongside research assistant Dr Rebecca Daniels. An ambitious and painstaking project that has been ten years in the making, this seminal visual document eclipses in scope any previous publication on the artist and will have a profound effect on the perception of his work.
“It will enable people to see what Bacon actually painted rather than what people think he painted.” – Martin Harrison, author of the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’
800 illustrations across 1,538 pages are contained within five cloth-bound hardcover volumes. Three volumes make up the study of Bacon’s entire painting oeuvre, bookended by two further volumes: the former including an introduction and a chronology, and the latter a catalogue of Bacon’s sketches, an index, and a bibliography. Printed on 170 gsm GardaMatt Ultra stock in Bergamo, Italy at Castelli Bolis, the five volumes are boxed within a cloth-bound slipcase.
“It’s a thrill and pleasure seeing over 300 paintings hardly known to the public.” – Majid Boustany, founder of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation
In addition to the 584 paintings, the catalogue contains illuminating supporting material. This includes sketches by Bacon, photographs of early states of paintings, images of Bacon’s furniture, handwritten notes by the artist, photographs of Bacon, his family and circle, and x-ray and microscopic photography of his paintings.
From 2 July to 4 September The Grimaldi Forum displays over sixty pieces including major triptychs, exhibiting Bacon’s work’s relationship to France and the artist’s Monegasque period. Works on display made available from public and private collections include Head VI 1949, Fragment of a Crucifixion 1950, Pope I: Study After Pope Innocent X by Velázquez 1951, and the pictured Triptych, Studies of the Human Body 1970.
“[…] I love it and find it very good for pictures falling ready-made into the mind.” – Francis Bacon on Monaco
Francis Bacon was immediately taken with French culture when he made his first visit to Paris in his teens. In the spring of 1927, aged 17, he spent time in Chantilly and in that same year, when visiting an exhibition at the Paul Rosenberg Gallery, he encountered Picasso’s works which inspired him to take up painting.
In July 1946 Francis Bacon left London for the principality of Monaco, living there until the early fifties. It was in Monaco that he painted his first “pope”, mainly inspired by Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, there that he started to paint on the reverse of his canvas, and there that he began to concentrate his work on the human form. Bacon continued to return to Monaco and the South of France frequently, and in 1976 Bacon took a studio apartment in Paris until 1987, executing numerous portraits of his Parisian friends, notably Michel Leiris and Jacques Dupin.
The show also displays major works of masters who inspired Francis Bacon: Giacometti, Léger, Lurçat and more, viewable as a cross-reference for visitors.
‘Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’ is curated by Martin Harrison FSA, author of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, supported by the Estate of Francis Bacon, and is the first major event to be supported by the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation. Find out more about the show and Bacon’s time in Monaco via the Foundation’s website, and via Grimaldi Forum’s exhibition page.
The exhibition will travel to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao from 30 September 2016 to 8 January 2017, focusing on the artist’s relationship with Spain.