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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.*
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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.
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.
*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.
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.
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Friday 5 May – Sunday 31 December 2017
Please note this is a ticketed event
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The painting combines three images of George Dyer, which all remain discrete entities, with the foreground featuring ‘a leering harpy / owl perched on a table’ which was ‘usually introduced by Bacon as a sign of mockery or malevolence’.
The spine, which is almost coming out of the skin of the left hand figure, can be associated with Bacon’s comment on a Degas pastel, After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself (c.1890-95, National Gallery, London). Within it the spine is referenced as having a grip and twist and that ‘you’re more conscious of the vulnerability of the rest of the body than if he had drawn the spine naturally up to the neck’. [Sylvester, pp.46-47]
The portrait pinned to the wall is that of Dyer with him also represented on the rail to the right where he appears to be either sprouting wings, or as a half-Eumenides, half-angel.
Excerpts: Martin Harrison, FSA. 75-07 Three Figures and Portrait, 1975, Catalogue Raisonné Volume IV, page 1080-1081.
From 26 April to 17 September 2017, Spain’s Museo Picasso Málaga will be displaying nine Francis Bacon works as part of their Bacon, Freud and the School of London exhibition. The displays have been curated by Elena Crippa, an expert on Modern British Art, and organised by Tate London in collaboration with Museo Picasso Málaga.
The exhibition presents the work of leading painters who, since World War II and up to the present day, worked in London and depicted the city’s human figure, landscape and everyday reality, with their own distinctive and personal vision.
Within the exhibition there will be a total of ninety oils and works from painters including Francis Bacon, as well as Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, William Coldstream, R. B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego and Euan Uglow. A selection of key works from the Tate will be shown together for the first time in this show.
The nine Francis Bacon works on display as part of the Tate Collection Touring Exhibition are the pictured Second Version of Triptych 1944, 1988, Triptych – August 1972, Figure in a Landscape 1945, Dog 1952, Study for Portrait II (after the Life Mask of William Blake) 1955, Study for Portrait on Folding Bed 1963, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne 1966, Reclining Woman 1961, 1972 and Three Figures and Portrait 1975.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Museo Picasso Málaga is publishing ‘The School of London’ hardback bookwhich features texts by its curator Elena Crippa and by art historian Catherine Lampert. Furthermore, there will be a life drawing workshop, lecture series, documentary film cycle and seminars throughout the duration of the exhibition.
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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 Museo Picasso Málaga for all confirmation regarding the display.
In the ‘Francis Bacon Catalogue Rasonné’, Study of Portrait of Van Gogh III, 1957, is noted for its ‘ferocity of the swirling, palette-knifed foreground’, which is in stark contrast to that of the figure in the painting who has been ‘disturbed by the agitated, collapsing landscape’.
Described as ‘the most discrepant of the Van Gogh series’, The Study of Portrait of Van Gogh V, 1957, sees Bacon smooth out his ‘expressionist paintwork into semi-abstract bands of bright colour’. The pathological sun has been intensified with a ‘piercing illumination and flattened contours of high summer in Arlesian Provence’.
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 Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for all confirmation regarding the display.
Excerpts: Martin Harrison, FSA. 57-11 Study of Portrait of Van Gogh III, 1957. 57-13 Study of Portrait of Van Gogh IV, 1957. Catalogue Raisonné Volume II, pages 500 and 504.