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Copyright Estate of Francis Bacon
 Bacon, Francis (1909 - 1992)
UK

Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983

Oil on canvas;
198 x 147.5 cm
Figurative Expressionism

UID 102-32



Biography

British painter, born in Ireland. In 1925, he settled in London and, in the following year, in Berlin. Between 1927 and 1928, he worked as an interior decorator in Paris. His first works were strongly influenced by Picasso. In 1928, he returned to London and started painting in oil. In 1944, Bacon decided to destroy all his work and start a new style of painting, distanced from contemporary artistic tendencies. A decade later he was, with Nicholson and Freud, one of the British representatives at the Venice Biennale and, in 1955, he had his first one-man show at the Rive Droite Gallery in Paris. Between 1959 and 1992, he participated in "documenta" 2, 3, 6 and 9, in Kassel. In 1962, he made his first great triptych called "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Cruxification". In 1967, he received the Rubens Prize in Siegen and, in 1971, he had a great retrospective exhibition at the Grand Palais, in Paris. His work is an unusual mixture of Realism and Surrealism, the Figurative and the Abstract, individual, subjective experience and universal and collective expression.



Exhibitions

Francis bacon, Peintures Récentes
Galerie Maeght Lelong, France
18-01-1984 ~ 25-02-1984

Francis Bacon, Recent Paintings
Marlborough Gallery Inc., USA
05-05-1984 ~ 05-06-1984

Francis Bacon
Tate - Britain, United Kingdom
22-05-1985 ~ 18-08-1985

Francis Bacon
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
19-10-1985 ~ 05-01-1986

Francis Bacon
Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Germany
07-02-1986 ~ 31-03-1986

Francis Bacon: The Human Body
Hayward Gallery, United Kingdom
05-02-1998 ~ 05-04-1998

Francis Bacon: A Retrospective
The Yale Center for British Art, USA
25-01-1999 ~ 21-03-1999

Francis Bacon: A Retrospective
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA
08-04-1999 ~ 27-05-1999

Francis Bacon: A Retrospective
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA
13-06-1999 ~ 02-08-1999

Francis Bacon: A Retrospective
Fort Worth Art Museum, USA
20-08-1999 ~ 15-10-1999

Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art
Kunsthistorisches Museum (Wien), Austria
15-10-2003 ~ 18-01-2004

Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art
Galerie Beyeler, Switzerland
08-02-2004 ~ 24-06-2004

Grande Escala - Colecção Berardo
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
09-10-2004 ~ 18-03-2005

Face - a - Face
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
02-10-2001 ~ 30-04-2001

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Novas Aquisições da Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
11-08-1999 ~ 02-01-2000

Durante o Fim - Rui Chafes
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
15-10-2000 ~ 14-01-2001

Sedução Cinema & Pintura
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
27-06-2006 ~ 31-01-2007

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 09-09-2007

Francis Bacon
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
19-10-1985 ~ 05-01-1986

Francis Bacon, Milan
Palazzo Reale, Italy
04-03-2008 ~ 05-09-2008

Não te Posso Ver Nem Pintado
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
15-09-2008 ~ 10-05-2009

Édipo e a Esfinge
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
02-11-2009 ~ 10-01-2010

Arriscar o Real
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
08-06-2009 ~ 30-09-2009

Ingres et les modernes
Musée Ingres (Montauban), France
03-07-2009 ~ 04-10-2009

Fragmentos Arte Contemporânea na Colecção Berardo
MACE, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal
24-09-2010 ~ 23-01-2011

Sous la Dictée de L’image
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
01-03-2010 ~ 26-05-2010


Bibliography

Athens in Paris - Ancient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought, 2005
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-199277257

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Colecção Berardo, Novas Aquisições, 2000
Published by Arte Ibérica

Dada: “ Ingres et après...”, no. 116
Published by Mango

Francis Bacon, 1986
Published by Abbeville Press

Francis Bacon, 1985
Published by Tate Gallery, London; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgard and Nationalgalerie

Francis Bacon, 1988
Published by Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona, 1987, and Thames & Hudson, London, 1988

Francis Bacon, 1975
Published by Fabbri Editori

Francis Bacon, 1985
Published by Thames & Hudson in association with Tate Gallery

Francis Bacon, 1993
Published by Thames & Hudson

Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art, 2000
Published by Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Foundation Beyeler

Francis Bacon, Peintures Récentes, 1984
Published by Galerie Maeght Lelong

Francis Bacon, Recent Paintings, 1984
Published by Marlborough Gallery

Francis Bacon: A Retrospective
Published by The Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut; The Minneapolis Insttute of Arts, Minnesota; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California

Francis Bacon: Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983

Francis Bacon: Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983

Francis Bacon: The Human Body, 1998
Published by Hayward Gallery

Grande Escala - The Berardo Collection, 2004
Published by Centro das Artes - Casa das Mudas
ISBN 972890200X

Ingres - Regards Croisés, 2006
Published by Mengès, Réunion des Musées Nationaux
ISBN 2856204643

Looking back at Francis Bacon, 2000
Published by Thames & Hudson

Sedução Cinema & Pintura, 2006
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729903034

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X







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