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.
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.
On 29 April, commissioned by Heritage Learning, Painter Dom Heffer and Ferens Art Gallery are to host an experimental painting workshop inspired by Francis Bacon. The event will offer an environment in which chance and ‘guided accident’ can play a role in the participants’ creations.
Join artist Dom Heffer to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Francis Bacon’s work by exploring his techniques. The workshop will uncover some of the methodologies of Francis Bacon’s enigmatic process. Participants will be encouraged to explore qualities of mark making using a variety of methods – using old newspapers, sand, grit and old jumpers. This is set within an attempt to reconstruct the organised chaos of Francis Bacon’s studio in the Ferens Art Gallery, with the master’s works only a short walk away in the main gallery space.
This is the last chance to take part in this unique workshop before Bacon’s ‘Nervous System’ at the Ferens Art Gallery ends. To book a place please call the Hull box office on 01482 300306 and quote ‘Bacon01’. Price is £47 per person or £37 for Friends of the Ferens (for a limited time 2 for 1 offers are available).
Inspired by Bacon: Experimental Painting workshop
10:30 – 3:30pm, Saturday 29 April 2017
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Hull box office: 01482 300306 (quote ‘Bacon01’)
Price is £47 per person or £37 for Friends of the Ferens
Word reference: Dom Heffer, Ferens Art Gallery and Heritage learning.
Please note, that all event details are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Hull box office.
English Heritage have announced that the life of Francis Bacon is to be celebrated with a blue plaque at 7 Reece Mews, South Kensington, London. The artist moved into the London property in 1961. It was to remain his principal home and studio until his death in 1992.
‘I am very influenced by places – by the atmosphere of a room … I just knew from the very moment that I came here that I would be able to work here.’ – Francis Bacon
The English Heritage London blue plaques scheme, which has been running for 150 years, links significant figures of the past to the buildings in which they lived and worked.
‘Francis Bacon is widely regarded as one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. His blue plaque will mark the converted stable block in South Kensington where he lived for more than 30 years. It was here that he painted some of his most celebrated works including Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962) and Portrait of George Dyer Talking (1966).’ – English Heritage
Bacon is one of six individuals to be recognised with Blue Plaques in 2017. Other lives celebrated include; film star Charlie Chaplin, performer Sir John Gielgud, women’s rights campaigner Mary Macarthur, dancer Rudolf Nureyev and volunteering advocate Stella Lady Reading.
Bacon is also presently recognised by two other plaques. A National Art Collections Fund plaque marks where the artist and other notable residents lived at 7 Cromwell Place, London. A Dublin Tourism plaque marks the artist’s birthplace at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin.
The Estate of Francis Bacon are proud to share the news that the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’ has been shortlisted for an Apollo Award, in the category of ‘Book of the Year’. You can see the catalogue raisonné’s entry and its fellow nominees listed on Apollo Magazine’s website.
Dating back to 1992, the Apollo Awards celebrate major achievements in the art and museum worlds. The winners of the six categories: Digital, Exhibition, Acquisition, Book, Artist and Museum, as well as the Apollo Award for Personality of the Year, will be announced on 24 November.
30 June saw the long-awaited global publication of ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’. A landmark publishing event which presented for the first time ever the entire oeuvre of Bacon’s paintings, including many previously unpublished works. 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 over a decade 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. You can order an edition of the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’ from HENI Publishing’s website.
In August, the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’ was delivered to the British Library and five Legal Deposit Libraries: Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin. The Estate of Francis Bacon will be gifting a significant number of libraries with the publication in the near future, as well as sharing excerpts on their website and social media channels, as the Estate continues to share and celebrate Francis Bacon’s art globally.
Apollo, The international Art Magazine, was Founded in 1925 and published monthly. Apollo is one of the world’s oldest and most respected magazines on the visual arts. It covers everything from antiquities to contemporary work, as well as providing in-depth discussion of the latest art news and debates; exclusive interviews with the world’s greatest collectors and artists; expert information on the market, authoritative guidance on collecting, and reviews and previews of exhibitions worldwide.
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.
Last week The Estate of Francis Bacon celebrated the forthcoming worldwide publication of ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’ with a one-day, free-admission show in London entitled ‘Francis Bacon: Six Studies in Soho’. The Estate are delighted to say that over 2,200 people attended the exhibition, which showcased six Francis Bacon works, and first editions of the catalogue raisonné which visitors were invited to browse.
The Francis Bacon works on display in Soho consisted of: Triptych 1987 (87-05)*, Study after Velázquez 1950 (50-05), Figures in a Landscape c. 1956 (56-11), Marching Figures c. 1952 (52-22), Chicken 1982 (82-03), and Poster for the 1988 Van Gogh Exhibition in Arles 1985 (85-02). The six works adorned two rooms in the Lexington Street gallery, each accompanied with captions featuring body text from the catalogue raisonné.
‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’ is a landmark publishing event that presents the entire oeuvre of Bacon’s paintings for the first time and includes many previously unpublished works. 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.
The publication contains around 800 illustrations across 1,538 pages within five cloth-bound hardcover volumes, the three volumes that make up the study of Bacon’s entire painting oeuvre are 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.
In addition to the 584 paintings, the catalogue contains illuminating supporting material. This includes sketches, photographs, images of Bacon’s furniture, handwritten notes, and x-ray and microscopic photography of the late artist’s paintings.
‘Six Studies in Soho’ appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight programme on 24 May, featuring an interview with Martin Harrison. If you are based in the UK and have access to BBC iPlayer you will be able to view the piece here until approximately 30 June (The segment on the exhibition starts at 35:40).
*Bracketed numbers represent works catalogue raisonné number
Francis Bacon’s Man in Blue VII, 1954, is due to be publicly exhibited in Paris by Christie’s this June. The exhibition predates the auction of the painting on 8 June.
Man in Blue VII is the final painting in Bacon’s Man in Blue series. The artist produced this instalment between March and June 1954 when staying at the Imperial Hotel in Henley-on-Thames. Further insight is available from Christie’s via the painting’s lot notes here.
Man in Blue VII is due to be exhibited free to the public from 3 June through to 8 June, viewing times and further information can be found on Christie’s website. If planning to attend the exhibition/auction of Man in Blue VII, we strongly recommend first checking with hosts Christie’s, as all details are subject to change.
The Estate of Francis Bacon is proud to announce ‘Francis Bacon: Six Studies in Soho’, a one-day, free admission exhibition to celebrate the forthcoming worldwide publication of ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’.
The exhibition will open to the public on 25 May 2016, from 10am to 9pm, at 6-10 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LB. First editions of the Catalogue Raisonné will be displayed alongside an exhibition of five Bacon paintings and the pictured Triptych, 1987.
Please note exhibition/event details are subject to change. Further information will be shared via our website and social media closer to the exhibition date.
In late April, the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation is to participate in the first “Nuit Blanche” in Monaco.
The foundation will be offering free guided tours to its visitors, by appointment only, on 28 and 29 April at select times. For information on tour dates, times and to book, please visit the Foundation website (deadline for booking is Friday 29 April at 14:00).
Monaco’s Nuit Blanche is spurred by the National Council and by the will of the Princely Government. The street, the stage, the sea and the sky, all of Monaco’s dimensions come to life through an offering of works as choreographed events. You can find out more about Monaco’s Nuit Blanche by visiting the website.
Word ref: Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation and Nuit Blanche website. *Please note all details including times and dates are subject to change and availability, for all confirmation please contact Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation.