BACON WORKS AT ARoS MUSEUM

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait II (after the Life Mask of William Blake) 1955. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné Number 55-02.

From 14 October to 4 February 2018, the ARoS Museum in Denmark will be displaying works by Francis Bacon as part of their ‘Bacon, Freud, and the London Painters‘ exhibition, in collaboration with Tate London.

The exhibition will present works from some of the most visionary and uncompromising post-war painters and marks the beginning of a collaboration between ARos and Tate London.

The works of Francis Bacon that can be viewed in the exhibition include Study for Portrait II (after the Life Mask of William Blake), 1955 (pictured), Figure in a Landscape, 1945, Dog, 1952, Reclining Woman, 1961, Study for Portrait on Folding Bed, 1963, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966, Three Figures and Portrait, 1975, Second Version of Triptych 1944, 1988, as well as two sketches from Bacon.

In addition to paintings from Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes works from Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, William Coldstream, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego and Euan Uglow.

Bacon, Freud, and the London Painters
ARoS Museum
14 October 2017 – 4 February 2018
Ticketed admission
Aarhus, Denmark

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*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 ARoS Museum for all confirmation regarding the display.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ FOCUS: 50TH ANNIVESARY OF TRIPTYCH, 1967

Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1967. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné Number 67-16.

For our next ‘Catalogue Raisonné Focus’, we take a look at Triptych, 1967, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, with it also being five decades this month since the portrait was delivered as a wet piece of artwork to Marlborough Fine Art.

In his diary Bacon recorded that he began work on the triptych on the 21st August 1967. The portrait has often been referred to as Triptych Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s ‘Sweeney Agonistes’, however, ‘Bacon repeatedly complained that the long title was not his intention, saying he had merely remarked that he had been reading Eliot’s verse drama at the time’.

Two women on the left panel ‘lie motionless, disengaged, on a Spartan raised floor; unpainted, it resembles two stacked canvasses’. The portrait’s title could relate to the women in the portrait who could be ‘identified as Eliot’s Doris and Dusty’, whilst the man on the telephone who’s reflected in the mirror on the right hand panel might be Pereira.

Excerpts: Martin Harrison, FSA. 67-16 Triptych, 1967. Catalogue Raisonné Volume III, page 858-859.

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

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.

HENRIETTA MORAES ON DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF

Francis Bacon, Henrietta Moraes, 1966. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné number: 66-03.

Francis Bacon’s Henrietta Moraes, 1966, is currently on display at the National Museum Cardiff as part of their ‘Bacon to Doig: Modern Masterpieces from a Private Collection’ exhibition.

The exhibition brings together one of the UK’s most important private collections of modern British art. It was created over a number of decades with work often being purchased before the artists were famous. In addition to Francis Bacon, there is work from other British artists of the 20th century, including Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney.

‘Bacon to Doig: Modern Masterpieces from a Private Collection’
National Museum Cardiff
Saturday 18 February 2017 – Wednesday 31 January 2018
Free admission
Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain

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*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 National Museum Cardiff for all confirmation regarding the display.

 

 

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

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*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.

BACON ART TO FEATURE IN TATE’S 2018 SHOW

Francis Bacon, Three Figures and Portrait, 1975. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Three Figures and Portrait, 1975. Oil, pastel, alkyd paint and sand on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017 All rights reserved. Catalogue Raisonné number: 75-07.

From 28 February 2018 to 27 August 2018, Francis Bacon’s art will feature in the Tate Britain exhibition ‘All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life’.

The show plans to celebrate painters in Britain who found new ways of depicting people, places, feelings and relationships, capturing the sensuous immediate and intense experience of life in paint.

Art from Bacon and Freud will be showcased alongside rarely seen works by their London-based contemporaries. With artists including Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego and F.N. Souza set to feature. Find out more via Tate here.

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life’
28 February 2018 – 27 August 2018
Tate Britain, London

*Information on which Francis Bacon’s works are to be featured, will be confirmed at a later date. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change. Ahead of a visiting, we recommend contacting Tate Britain for all confirmation regarding the display.

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CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ FOCUS: STUDY FOR PORTRAIT 1957

Francis Bacon, ‘Study for Portrait, 1957′. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. Catalogue Raisonné number: 57-22.

The next of Bacon’s works to feature in our ‘Catalogué Raisonné Focus’ series is Study for Portrait, 1957 (Catalogue Raisonné number 57-22) which is currently on display in Germany’s Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen as part of their 6 x Francis Bacon and other highlights of the ‘Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection‘.

Out of all the Bacon Popes, this is one of the most satirical, with the tassels on the prelate’s face being as mocking as his limply-raised arms.

Excerpts: Martin Harrison, FSA. 57-22 Study for Portrait, 1957, Catalogue Raisonné Volume II page 524-525.

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

SIX WORKS ON DISPLAY AT MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST SIEGEN

Decorative image: Portrait 1962
Francis Bacon, Portrait, 1962. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2017. All rights reserved.

Six Francis Bacon works are currently on display from 5 May to 31 December 2017 at Germany’s Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen as part of their 6 x Francis Bacon and other highlights of the ‘Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection‘.

Having acquired the large-format painting Portrait 1962, the Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection now owns six of Francis Bacon’s works and provides one of the most important Bacon collections in Europe.

The display includes Man at Curtain 1949-1950, Study for Landscape after Van Gogh 1957, Study from the Human Body and Portrait 1988, Small Study for a Portrait 1955, Study for Portrait (Pope) 1957, and Portrait 1962.

All six Bacon works in the Lambrecht-Schadeberg collection encompass representative works from all of the artist’s creative phases. Since being founded almost twenty years ago, the Lambrecht-Schade Collection now has over 200 works, including paintings, drawings, graphics as well as photographs and sculptural works. Other works in the collection include those from Emil Schumacher, Fritz Winter, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley.

Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Friday 5 May – Sunday 31 December 2017
Siegen, Germany
Please note this is a ticketed event

Word ref: Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen exhibition page. *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 Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen for all confirmation regarding the display.