RARELY SEEN POPES TO BE DISPLAYED AHEAD OF AUCTION

Decorative image: Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope, 1962, Second Version, 1971
Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope, 1962, Second Version, 1971. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné Number 71-04.

Francis Bacon’s Head with Raised Arm, 1955 and Study of Red Pope, 1962. 2nd version, 1971, are due to be included in a free public display in London by Christies.

Until this display and auction, the location of Bacon’s Head with Raised Arm, 1955 was untraceable during the compiling of the catalogue raisonné. The painting’s reappearance is considered a remarkable reappearance of Francis Bacon art. The piece was last exhibited in 1962, at the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, and acquired by the present owners in the following year.

The auction house highlights that Study of Red Pope, 1962. 2nd version, 1971 has been unseen in public since its unveiling at Bacon’s landmark retrospective at the Grand Palais 46 years ago. Martin Harrison FSA compares the work to its first version (Study from Innocent X, 1962) in the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’:

‘The paint is applied more sparingly, and indeed almost half the canvas is left unpainted. On the other hand, Bacon introduced an entirely new element in the later painting, the figure (presumably George Dyer) seen reflected in the curved mirror to the right.’

The display of these rarely seen Bacon works begin on 30 September at Christies’ King Street address, proceeding their ‘Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction’ in October, find out more via Christie’s website.

Word reference: Christies website and the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’

*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 Christies for all confirmation regarding the display.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ FOCUS: PORTRAIT OF GEORGE DYER IN A MIRROR, 1968

Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer in a Mirror 1968. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné Number 68-05.

For our next ‘Catalogue Raisonné Focus’, we look at Portrait of George Dyer in a Mirror, 1968, which is currently on display at the Musée Fabre as part of their ‘Francis Bacon / Bruce Nauman. Face to Face’ exhibition.

In Portrait of George Dyer, 1967, Bacon’s diary referenced ‘George folded’ and this representation can be directly related to this portrait of George Dyer.

The smartly-attired Dyer is only a rehearsal for the image that appears in the mirror, where his head is ‘sliced and severed into two parts’.

Excerpts: Martin Harrison, FSA. 68-05 Portrait of George Dyer in a Mirror, 1968. Catalogue Raisonné Volume III, page 880-881.

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

FRANCIS BACON’S WORK AT GEMEENTEMUSEUM DEN HAAG

© Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands currently has six works of Francis Bacon on show as part of their ‘Discover the Modern’ permanent exhibition.

The exhibition brings together works from different periods, art movements and disciplines where you can discover 20th Century art history, stories and dialogue. Other artists on show in the exhibition include Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso and Louise Bourgeois.

The five Francis Bacon works on display include Portrait of John Edwards 1988, Seated Figure circa 1984, Study of the Human Body 1987 (oil on canvas), Study of the Human Body 1987 (oil and pastel on canvas) and Two Owls circa 1957.

In addition to these, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has Paralytic Child Walking on All Fours (from Muybridge) 1961 as part of its collection and the exhibition.

Discover the Modern
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 
Ticketed admission
The Hague, The Netherlands

Word ref: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 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 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag for all confirmation regarding the display.