Francis Bacon  (Irish, 1909-1992) 

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Francis Bacon (Irish, 1909–1992) was one of the most unique, engaging Figurative painters to emerge after World War II. Largely a self-taught artist, Bacon was born in Dublin and moved to London when he was 16, and then to Paris and Berlin in the following few years. During that time, he painted in watercolors and, upon returning to London, began working as a furniture and interior designer. In the 1940s, he pursued painting more seriously, and began creating works featuring macabre, homoerotic, and violently expressive imagery.

His portraits and figurative works often pictured screaming, agonized, or caged figures, which solidified his reputation as an overwhelmingly compelling, if somber, observer of human nature. In the 1960s, Bacon painted many portraits featuring close-up views of his subject’s heads; he often worked in series, creating sustained bodies of subject matter, such as in his Popes or three-part portrait series. After the death of his lover in 1972, his work became even more personalized, with a renewed focus on mortality. While he received both positive and negative acclaim during his lifetime, his distinctive style is unmatched. Since his death in 1992, his work has continued to grow in popularity, and has been featured in exhibitions at the Tate Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Stedelijik Museum in Amsterdam, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many other institutions.

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Francis Bacon, Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror

 

Francis Bacon
Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror
1977

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Francis Bacon, Seated Figure

 

Francis Bacon
Seated Figure
1983

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Phillips New York
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Francis Bacon, Triptych 1983

 

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1983
1984

Walton Fine Arts
Francis Bacon, Triptych inspired by Oresteia of Aeschylus

 

Francis Bacon
Triptych inspired by Oresteia of Aeschylus
1981

Walton Fine Arts
Francis Bacon, 2nd version of 1944 Triptych

 

Francis Bacon
2nd version of 1944 Triptych
1988

Walton Fine Arts
Francis Bacon, Etude de corps humain d'après Ingres

 

Francis Bacon
Etude de corps humain d'après Ingres
1984

Walton Fine Arts
Francis Bacon, After Three Studies for a Self-Portrait

 

Francis Bacon
After Three Studies for a Self-Portrait
1983

Peter Harrington
Francis Bacon, Untitled

 

Francis Bacon
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Francis Bacon, Figure on a Bed

 

Francis Bacon
Figure on a Bed
1966

Juffermans Fine Art
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Francis Bacon, Oedipus and the Sphinx (after Ingres)

 

Francis Bacon
Oedipus and the Sphinx (after Ingres), 1984
color lithograph

 

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Francis Bacon, Triptych inspired by Orestela of Aeschylus

 

Francis Bacon
Triptych inspired by Orestela of Aeschylus, 1981
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After Francis Bacon, Selfportrait n°2, 1973

 

After Francis Bacon
Selfportrait n°2, 1973, 1976
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1909   Born in Dublin, Ireland on October 28
1929   Began oil painting
1932   Turned to a type of Surrealism
1992   Died in Madrid, Spain on April 28
2009 - 2010   Dublin, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, "Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty" (solo)
2008 - 2009   London, Tate Britain,"Francis Bacon," Traveling Exhibition (solo)
2008   Kontellationem III, Stadel Museum, Frankfurt/Main
2008   Modern Prints - Klassische Moderne bis Pop Art, Galerie Proarata, Zurich
2006 - 2007   "Francis Bacon - The Violence of the Real" K20 Kunstsammlung Nordhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2006   "Bienal del Aire," Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber (MACCSI), Caracas
2006   "Summer Exhibition," Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd, London, UK
2006   "Mirada múltiple," Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao
2006   "Francis Bacon," Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
2005   "Francis Bacon: Die Portraits," Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2005   "De Picasso a Basquiat," Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris
2005   "Celebración del arte: Medio siglo de la Fundación Juan March," Fundación Juan March, Madrid
2005   "Summer Exhibition 2005," Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
2005   "Francis Bacon: Studying Form" Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK
2004   "What´s modern?" Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2004   "Hidden Histories," The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands, UK
2004   "Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2004   "Francis Bacon: Le Sacré et le Profane," Musée Maillol, Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris
2003   Vienna, Kunsthistoriches Museum. This exhibition is travelled to: Basle, Fondation Beyeler
2003   Valencia, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern
2003   Oporto, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Museu Serralves
2002   "Francis Bacon: Last Paintings" Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK
2002   New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery
2002   Arles, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh-Arles
2002   New York, Marlborough Gallery
2001   Holland, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
2001   Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
2000   Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
1999   San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art
1999   New Haven, The Yale Centre for British art. This Exhibition later travelled to: Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art; Fort Worth, Museum of Modern Art
1999   London, Tate Gallery, (Works on Paper)
1999   London, Faggionato Fine Arts
1999   Paris, Galerie Lelong
1998   Denmark, Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum
1998   London, Hayward Gallery
1998   New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery
1996   Paris, Centre G Pompidou, MNAM. This exhibition later travelled to: Munich, Haus der Kunst
1993   New York, Marlborough Gallery
1993   Lugano, Museo d’Arte Moderna
1993   Venice, Museo Correr, XLV Biennale di Venezia
1993   London, Marlborough Fine Art
1992   Madrid, Galeria Marlborough
1990   New York, Marlborough Fine Art
1990   Liverpool, Tate Gallery
1989   Paris, Galerie Lelong
1989   London, Marlborough Fine Art
1989   Washington, Hirshhorn Museum. This exhibition later travelled to: Los Angeles, County Museum; New York, MOMA
1988   Moscow, New Tretyakov, Central House of Artists
1988   Tokyo, Marlborough Fine Art
1987   New York, Marlborough Gallery
1987   Basle, Galerie Beyeler
1987   Paris, Galerie Lelong
1985   London, Marlborough Fine Art
1985   London, Tate Gallery. This exhibition later travelled to: Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie; Berlin, Nationalgalerie
1984   Paris, Galerie Maeght- Lelong
1984   New York, Marlborough Gallery
1984   London, Thomas Gibson Gallery
1983   London, Marlborough Fine Art
1983   Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition later travelled to: Kyoto, National Museum of Modern Art; Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery
1980   Mannheim, Stadtische Kunsthalle
1980   New York, Marlborough Gallery
1978   Madrid, Fundacion Juan March. This exhibition later travelled to: Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miro
1977   Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard
1977   Mexico, Museo de Arte Moderno. This exhibition later travelled to: Caracas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
1976   Marseilles, Musee Cantini
1975   New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1975   Zurich, Marlborough Galerie
1972   Milan, Galleria del Milione
1971   Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. This exhibition later travelled to: Dusseldorf, Stadische Kunsthalle
1970   Turin, Galleria Galatea
1968   New York, Marlborough Gerson Gallery
1966   Milan, Galleria Toninelli Arte Moderna
1966   Paris, Galerie Maeght. This exhibition later travelled to: Rome, Marlborough Galleria d’arte; London, Marlborough Fine Art; Siegen, Oberes Schloss
1965   Hamburg, Hamburger Kunstverein. This exhibition later travelled to: Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Dublin, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art; London, Marlborough Fine Art
1964   Houston, Contemporary Arts Association
1963   London, Marlborough Fine Art
1963   New York, Granville Gallery
1963   New York, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition later travelled to: Chicago, The Art Institute
1962   London, The Tate Gallery. This exhibition later travelled to: Mannheim, Kunsthalle; Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna; Zurich, Kunsthaus; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Musuem
1962   Milan, Galleria Galatea
1961   Nottingham, Nottingham University
1960   London, Marlborough Fine Art
1959   London, Hanover Gallery
1959   Chicago, Richard L.Feigen Gallery
1958   Trin, Galleria Galatea. This exhibition later travelled to: Milan, Galleria dell’Ariete; Rome, Galleria l’Obelisco
1957   Paris, Galerie Rive Droite
1957   London, Beaux-Arts Gallery
1955   London, ICA
1954   London, Hanover Gallery
1953   New York, Durlacher Brothers
1953   London, Beaux-Arts Gallery
1952   London, Hanover Gallery
1951   London, Hanover Gallery
1934   London, Transition Gallery
1928 - 1929   London, Artist’s Studio
2005    Sylvestor, David, and Harrison, Martin, 'Francis Bacon: Studying Form' Faggionato Fine Art in association with the Estate of Francis Bacon.
1999    Harrison, Martin, 'Francis Bacon: Paintings from the Estate 1980-1991', Faggionato Fine Art, London
1997    Peppiat, Michael, ‘Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma’, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
1996    Kundera, Milan, ‘Bacon, Portraits et Auto-portraits’, Les Belles Lettres, Paris
1996    Schmied, Wieland, ‘Francis Bacon, Commitment and Conflict’, Prestel, Munich
1996    Sollers, Philippe, ‘Les Passions de Francis Bacon’, Gallimard, Paris
1994    Deleuze, Gilles, ‘Francis Bacon, Logique de la Sensation’ (2 vol), La Différence, Paris
1993    Farson, Daniel, ‘The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon’, Century, London
1987    Sylvester, David, ‘The Brutality of Fact, Interviews with Francis Bacon’, Thames & Hudson, London
1986    Davies, Hugh and Yard, Sally, ‘Bacon’, Abbeville, New York
1983    Leiris, Michel, ‘Francis Bacon, Full Face and in Profile’, Phaidon, Oxford
1980    Sylvester, David, ‘Interviews with Francis Bacon: 1962-1979’ (New and enlarged edition), Thames and Hudson, London
1975    Trucchi, Lorenza, ‘Francis Bacon’, Abrams, New York
1964    Alley, Ronald and Rothenstein, John, ‘Francis Bacon’, Thames & Hudson, London
1964    Russell, John, ‘Francis Bacon’, Methuen, London