FRANCIS BACON

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  1. Lucian Freud: "Portrait of Francis Bacon," 1952, oil on copper

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    LUCIAN FREUD

    In 1952 Lucian Freud painted this famous portrait of Bacon in oil on copper, a small portrait of extaordinary power measuring only 17.8 x 12.8 cm, of Francis full-face looking downwards. Acquired by the Tate Gallery, it was stolen while on loan in Berlin in 1988 and never seen again, despite the reward offered by the Director of the Tate, Nicholas Seerota. Francis Bacon told Daniel Farson he was convinced it was stolen specifically because it was an outstanding portrait of himself: "The thieves knew exactly what they were doing."  (read more . . .)

     

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  2. Francis Bacon: "Figure with Meat," 1952, oil painting.

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    FRANCIS BACON

    1909-1992

     

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  3. John Deakin: "Bacon with Meat" 1960s, Vogue photograph.



    JOHN DEAKIN

    1912-1972

    John Deakin ". . . felt most at his ease in the environment of the pubs and clubs in the London quarter of Soho, a popular place among artists and free spirits whom Deakin captured in his beautiful black and white photos: Muriel Belcher, the proprietress of the Colony Room, Lucian Freud, George Dyer and painter Francis Bacon. The latter, who rarely worked from life, commissioned Deakin to carry out a series of portraits of friends that he later used for his paintings." Silvia Messeri

     

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  4. Michael Andrews: "The Colony Room I," 1962, oil painting.

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    MICHAEL ANDREWS

    1928-1995

    Michael Andrews' "The Colony Room," 1962 (oil on hardboard, 48" x 72") incorparated portraits of eight of his acquaintances drinking in the famous Soho club: Muriel Belcher, Jeffrey Bernard, John Deakin, Henrietta Moraes, Bruce Bernard, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, and Ian Board, Belcher's successor from 1979 to 1995.

     

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  5. Rodrigo Moynihan: "Francis Bacon, No2," 1963, oil/canvas.

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    RODRIGO MOYNIHAN

    1910-1990

     

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  6. R. B. Kitaj: "Synchrony with F.B.",1968/69, oil/canvas.

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    RON B. KITAJ

    It was R. B. Kitaj who was the first to refer to the School of London during an exhibition titled "The Human Clay" at the Hayward Gallery in 1976. On this occasion Kitaj noted that while abstraction, happenings and transformations were triumphant there was a special trend towards figurative painting as well as a kind of obsession for the human figure among most London painters. . .

     

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  7. Michael Pergolani: "Francis Bacon," 1970, photograph.

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    "It would appear that Bacon enjoyed being photographed . . . During the 1970s, Michael Holtz, Michael Pergolani, Jorge Lewinski, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Peter Stark photographed him in Reece Mews and several of these images were found strewn around (Bacon's) the studio. The artist is caught in an astonishing variety of poses and moods. He turned to these images when painting self-portraits, a number of which bear strong similarities to these photographs." Hugh Lane Gallery.

     

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  8. Francis Bacon: "Self Portrait," 1971, oil/canvas.



    FRANCIS BACON

    1909-1992

     

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  9. Louis le Brocquy: "F. Bacon," 1979, oil/canvas.



    LOUIS LE DROCQUY

    "Image of Francis Bacon," 1985
    oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

     

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  10. Clare Shenstone: "Francis Bacon," conté, c. 1982.



    CLARE SHENSTONE

    Clare Shenstone met Francis Bacon after he had admired her degree show work at the Royal College of Art in 1979. He invited her to make a portrait of him, and over the next two years she made a number of finished drawings, such as this one, as well as sketches, oil paintings and a fabric relief head.

     

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  11. Bruce Bernard: "Francis Bacon," bromide print, 1984.



    BRUCE BERNARD

    1928-2000

    Bruce Bernard - an habitue of Soho in the 1950s - he was photographed by John Deakin in 1955 and subsequently became the owner of Deakin's surviving photographs. As a photographer he is best known for his portraits of artist friends Michael Andrews, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

     

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  12. Ruskin Spear: "Francis Bacon," oil on board, 1984.
    National Portrait Gallery, London



    RUSKIN SPEAR

    1911-1990

    Ruskin Spear, RA studied art first at Hammersmith then the Royal College of Art until 1935 when he started teaching at Croydon School of Art. He taught at the RCA from 1948 until 1975.

     

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  13. Brett Whiteley, Portrait of Francis Bacon, 1989, oil on canvas
       Image source: Marlborough Fine Art, London.

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    BRETT WHITELEY

    1939-1992

     

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  14. Scattergood-Moore: "Francis Bacon I," charcoal

  15. Scattergood-Moore: "Francis Bacon II," charcoal.



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  16. Scattergood-Moore: "Francis Bacon III - 'The Wall'," charcoal.

     

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Lunch at Wheeler's Restaurant (1962)
(image based on a photograph by John Deakin)

Left to right: Timothy Behrens, Lucian Freud,
Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Michael Andrews

"Once he had done his morning's work in the studio, Bacon would arrive around noon in Soho, have a few glasses of white wine, then move on for lunch . . . to Wheeler's, his favorite fish restaurant, around the corner on Old Compton Street . . . His guests would often include other artists, writers and intellectuals - as well as some drunken bruisers or East End toughs. Wheeler's became the ultimate club for Bacon, a place where he knew everyone, could sign for meals and cash a cheque. . ."

". . . But vital as the Wheeler Restaurant was to Bacon's daily rounds, it never acquired quite the importance of what, for over forty years, was his true home in Soho; the drinking club on Dean Street known as: The Colony Room or, simply, "Muriel's" after it's legendary owner, Muriel Belcher. . ."

Michael Peppiatt
"Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma"
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1996

 

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THE SCHOOL of LONDON


Silkscreen of Bacon by R.B. Kitaj

 

 

 

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Bacon in his Reece Mews kitchen, 1984

photograph by John Edwards

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SCATTERGOOD-MOORE SLIDE SHOW

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Scattergood-Moore with Bacon and Freud

 

 

Hugh Lane

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Interior of Francis Bacon's Studio (detail).
Photograph Perry Ogden.
Collection Hugh Lane Gallery
The Estate of Francis Bacon

 



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". . . the untidiness of his studio, a cluttered mews flat with a permanently littered floor, . . . seems, by its very shambles, to call obviously and imperatively for that relative creation of order symbolically represented by the painting of a picture, and, at the same time, to proved for its owner who has allowed so much lumber (painting materials, scattered photographs damaged by neglect, etc.) to accumulate in the place where he habitually sleeps and no less habitually paints, a 3D equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci's famous, and richly suggestive, wall . . ."

Michel Leiris

Francis Bacon: Full Face and in Profile
Translated by John Weightman
Rizzoli, New York, 1983

 

"la vieillesse est horrible et sans remede"

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MICHEL LEIRIS


Portrait of Michel Leiris, 1976

oil on canvas, 35.5 x 30.5 cm

 

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