IMAGES IN SLIDE SHOW:
- Lucian Freud: "Portrait of Francis Bacon," 1952, oil on copper
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 . . .)
- Francis Bacon: "Figure with Meat," 1952, oil painting.
- John Deakin: "Bacon with Meat" 1960s, Vogue photograph.
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
- Michael Andrews: "The Colony Room I," 1962, oil painting.
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.
- Rodrigo Moynihan: "Francis Bacon, No2," 1963, oil/canvas.
- R. B. Kitaj: "Synchrony with F.B.",1968/69, oil/canvas.
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. . .
- Michael Pergolani: "Francis Bacon," 1970, photograph.
"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.
- Francis Bacon: "Self Portrait," 1971, oil/canvas.
- Louis le Brocquy: "F. Bacon," 1979, oil/canvas.
LOUIS LE DROCQUY
"Image of Francis Bacon," 1985
oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
- Clare Shenstone: "Francis Bacon," conté, c. 1982.
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.
- Bruce Bernard: "Francis Bacon," bromide print, 1984.
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.
- Ruskin Spear: "Francis Bacon," oil on board, 1984.
National Portrait Gallery, London
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.
- Brett Whiteley, Portrait of Francis Bacon, 1989, oil on canvas
Image source: Marlborough Fine Art, London.
- Scattergood-Moore: "Francis Bacon I," charcoal
- Scattergood-Moore: "Francis Bacon II," charcoal.
Portrait of Francis Bacon
- Scattergood-Moore: "Francis Bacon III - 'The Wall'," charcoal.