STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT IN FOCUS AT TATE BRITAIN

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1952. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1952. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné Number 52-06.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from the 5-30 September 2017, you can join Tate Britain’s 15 minute talk on Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait, 1952, as part of their Art in Focus series.

In 1952 Bacon set himself the task ‘to paint small portrait heads that were generically united’ that represented either popes or businessmen.

Study for a Portrait, 1952,  is painted with ‘verve and boldness’. Both the pink curtain rail and the red outline added to the inner spaceframe were an ‘unusual experiment’ from him. This is one of only six paintings where the head was turned to a three-quarters view.

Art in Focus: Study for a Portrait’
Tate Britain
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 13.15–13.30
5–30 September 2017
Free entry
London, UK

Word ref: Tate Britain website and Catalogue Raisonné Number 52-06.
*Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change. Ahead of a visiting, we recommend contacting the Tate Britain for all confirmation regarding the display.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ FOCUS: THREE FIGURES IN A ROOM 1964

Francis Bacon, ‘Three Figures in a Room’, 1964 Oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné Number 64-10.

Our ‘Catalogué Raisonné Focus’ series continues with Three Figures in a Room, 1964, currently on display in the Musée Fabre as part of their ‘Francis Bacon / Bruce Nauman. Face to Face’ exhibition.

This painting established the symmetrical arrangements of large triptychs, something that Bacon continued to do. The ‘floor and walls cohere across the three panels’, however, the ‘centre panel is over-scaled’.

‘The outer panels depict George Dyer, sexualised in the first flush of Bacon’s relationship with him, while in the centre panel Dyer’s portrait is morphing with Bacon’s’.

Excerpts: Martin Harrison, FSA. 64-10 Three Figures in a Room, 1964. Catalogue Raisonné Volume III, page 760-763.

If you’d like to order a copy of the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’ please visit Heni Publishing’s website.

BACON ART GRACES MUSÉE FABRE

Francis Bacon, Study of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved.

From 1 July until 5 November 2017, 29 Francis Bacon works are set to be displayed at the Musée Fabre as part of their ‘Francis Bacon / Bruce Nauman. Face to Face’ exhibition. 

The show brings together two artists of the 20th century who both share an experimental conception of art and have a fascination for the body. They also share a passion to explore in their works the notion of constraint and hindrance, both physical and psychological.

Designed by Cécile Debray, Chief Curator at the National Museum of Modern Art / Center Pompidou, the exhibition is built around works loaned by the Center Pompidou as part of their 40th anniversary.

The 29 Francis Bacon works that are on display at the Musée Fabre are Study of Isabel Rawsthorne 1966 (pictured), In Memory of George Dyer 1971, Man at a Washbasin 1989-1990, Studies from the Human Body 1975, Seated Figure 1974, Lying Figure in a Mirror 1971, Head 1949, Figure with a Monkey 1951, Female Nude Standing in a Doorway 1972, Turning Figure 1962, Walking Figure 1960, Figures in a Landscape 1956, Study of a Dog 1954, Fury 1944, Marching Figures 1952, Study of the Human Body 1981-1982, Chicken 1982, Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey 1980, Triptych 1987, Three Figures in a Room 1964, Portrait of George Dyer in a Mirror 1968, Study for Self-Portrait 1981, Portrait of Jacques Dupin 1990, Self-Portrait 1976, Study for Portrait (Michel Leiris) 1978, Head of a Woman 1960, Study for a Portrait 1979, Study after Velázquez 1950, Pope 1951.*

Francis Bacon / Bruce Nauman. Face to Face’
Musée Fabre
Saturday 1 July – Sunday 5 November 2017
Tickets €10.00 per person
Montpellier, France

Word ref: Musée Fabre website
*Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change. Ahead of a visiting, we recommend contacting the Musée Fabre for all confirmation regarding the display.