Francis Bacon

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Major Francis Bacon show to explore how animals fuelled artist's fascination with flesh

The exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at the Royal Academy of Arts in London next year will include the artist's final work—a painting of a bull

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coronavirus

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

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Obituaries

Photographer Peter Beard—friend and muse to Bacon and Warhol—has died aged 82

His body was found almost three weeks after he disappeared from his home in Montauk on the East End of Long Island

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Sotheby's

Sotheby’s to offer $60m Francis Bacon triptych in May New York sales

The work comes from the collection of the Norweigan shipping heir Hans Rasmus Astrup and is the second major coup for the auction house’s spring sales season

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Art market

US banker buys Brexit Banksy at Sotheby's, making a bigger splash than David Hockney’s pool painting

Auction house fields a steady contemporary evening sale in London

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Books

A neuroscientist's view: how Bacon's paintings shake up the nervous system

Publication focuses on what neuroscience and psychology bring to the table with the late artist's works

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Exhibitions

From blasphemer to bookworm: Paris show reframes Francis Bacon's later works

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on the artist’s post-pope period, which has received less critical examination

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Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

We revisit our exclusive interview with the British artist. Plus, expert Martin Gayford tells us about Hockney, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others in post-war London

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Auctions

Flipping the Bacon: Sotheby's £69m post-war and contemporary sale lacks fizz

A £16m Francis Bacon self-portrait and a record for a little-known German artist enliven an otherwise dry sale in London as totals fall 40% on last year

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the little-known Renaissance painter Bartolomé Bermejo at the National Gallery to the Hayward Gallery's huge group show exploring gender fluidity

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In the frame

Jeff Koons's message on a bottle

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Art market

British artists dominate Christie's patchy £71.1m sale, as over-priced Koons and Richter fail to sell

Francis Bacon's lighter depiction of George Dyer leads auction at £17.5m, with strong prices for Hurvin Anderson, Bridget Riley and Albert Oehlen

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Three to see

Three to See: Basel

From a gesamtkunstwerk designed to awaken the senses to a five-decade survey of Bruce Nauman

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Podcast episode 35: Freud, Bacon, Hockney and the post-war London scene; and Signals gallery

We talk to Martin Gayford about his book Modernists and Mavericks and sitting for portraits by Freud and Hockney. And we explore a show celebrating the Signals gallery, where Latin American and European avant-gardes converged.

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Exhibitions

Bacon and Giacometti go head to head in show at Fondation Beyeler

Swiss museum hosts first major comparative exhibition of the two artists

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Art market

Francis Bacon's $30m portrait of George Dyer shown in London for first time in 40 years

Painting of artist’s lover and muse comes to auction for the first time at Christie’s New York in May

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Religion

Star Wars art installation in London church relocated following parishioner complaints

The stormtrooper on a cross is part of an exhibition due to open to the public on Thursday

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Art market

Phillips and Sotheby's deliver healthy totals for contemporary art

Capping an epic week of auctions, solid results featuring records for female artists and a Ferrari bode well for market's future—so long as it doesn't overheat

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Francis Bacon

Bacon and his inspiration at the Hermitage

See the conversation in Norwich exhibition next Spring

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Francis Bacon

Conversations with Bacon: Marking Grey Gowrie's 75th birthday with his poem on the artist

Gowrie, a former UK arts minister, art dealer and chair of Sotheby’s and the Arts Council, is also a poet

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Exhibitions

UK-Russia Bacon show goes on…

…but British government officially pulls out of joint Year of Culture

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Francis Bacon

Bacon collector to build Monaco home for works

Majid Boustany owns paintings executed from the 1920s to the 1980s, as well as design objects and exhibition catalogues

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Francis Bacon

Bacon estate says lover’s brother sold fakes

New details emerge in British courts about disputed drawings that first emerged in Italy

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Exhibitions

Unexpected chemistry between Moore and Bacon on show at the Ashmolean

This show compares the two artists, revealing that the painter even asked the sculptor for lessons

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Authentication

Not a Bacon, expert tells court: The debate around Bacon's drawings continues

The chairman of the artist’s catalogue raisonné committee dismisses controversial drawings as “pastiches” in UK bankruptcy hearing

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Francis Bacon

Books: Francis Bacon, metaphysician

A new book considers the theological dimensions of the artist’s paintings

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Francis Bacon

Exhibitions: Bacon goes down under with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Francis Bacon’s Australian connections are explored

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Frieze

Spotlight: an alternative canon of 20th-century art or savvy sales strategy?

Frieze Masters both embraces and challenges the idea of 'masters'

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Francis Bacon

Controversial Bacon drawings displayed in London

The works were set to be displayed at a now cancelled authentication debate

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Courtauld's Bacon debate on disputed drawings axed

Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino's collection of drawings has been a hot topic in the art world

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Francis Bacon

The Courtauld Institute and the Francis Bacon Estate discuss disputed Bacon drawings

A Courtauld conference will investigate works on paper said to be by the artist. Owner’s side to offer legal immunity

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Media & broadcast

Blind bids, flogging Bacon and a fisherman’s find come to the small screen

Three programmes that turn the art world over to reality television

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Photography

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge subject of new biography and exhibition catalogue

The “discoverer” of animal locomotion influenced artists including Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon

Mystery over who made the “Francis Bacon” rugs

New research poses more questions than answers over possible attributions for items that were withdrawn from March sale

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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, Man in Blue VI, 1954

(est £4m-£6m), unsold

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Francis Bacon

“Dear Ronnie”: letter from Bacon in Kray sale

The auction took place on 26th January

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Phillips

Contemporary sales, London: Phillips struggles in bid to lead auction week

But Bacon brings profitable business to Christie’s and Sotheby’s

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Francis Bacon

Bacon show for Zhukova and Abramovich's CCC Moscow

Having set a record for the artist at auction, the collectors put the art to work

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Francis Bacon claims his place at the top of the market

As Tate Britain opens a major travelling retrospective, we examine the factors underpinning the meteoric rise in prices for the artist’s work and reveal the identity of his biggest collectors

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Art market

British Art Auction report: The Bacon and Freud effect

Recent record prices for the two artists boosted results for 20th-century British works, while Victorian art struggled

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Collectors

Roman Abramovich brings home the $86.3m Bacon and the $33.6m Freud

The London-based Russian billionaire has bought the record-breaking works; he has not previously been known to collect art

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Lucian Freud

Freud's new drawings leave Bacon unzipped

Freud drawings revealed at Frieze

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Francis Bacon

Portrait of Bacon’s lover to be auctioned

Isabel Rawsthorne diptych on the block at Sotheby's

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Art schools

RCA to sell Bacon as part of fundraising campaign

Proceeds will go towards new campus in Battersea

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Bacon “rubbish” including sketches and diaries makes £1m at auction

An alternative end for the rubbish that was to be thrown out from Bacon’s famously chaotic studio at 7 Reese Mews in London

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Rediscovered Bacon “rubbish” could fetch £50,000

Documents and paintings will be sold at a country auction

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Francis Bacon

Comment: Bacon sources

A reply to Barbara Steffen

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Maggi Hambling

Books: The life, times and conversation of Maggi Hambling, “the female Francis Bacon”

The first chart of Hambling’s extraordinary 60 years

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Francis Bacon

Author chosen for Bacon catalogue

Diplomacy will be required to deal with warring factions

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No simple explanation of Bacon's works to be found in his sources, as explained by Bacon authority Martin Harrison

Not least due to the flawed description of the contents of the artist’s studio

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A solution found to Tehran's controversial Bacon triptych

Getting minds out of the gutter - despite Bacon's wishes to be there himself

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Two Bacons may share more than an interest in portraiture

See for yourself as Sir Nathaniel Bacon and Francis Bacon go on show in London

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Robert Tuttle

Interview with Ambassador Tuttle and Mrs Tuttle: His favourite artist is Francis Bacon, hers is Agnes Martin

The new US ambassador and his wife on a marriage spent collecting

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Books

Books: Sutherland and Bacon, a story of friends disuniting

Graham Sutherland and Francis Bacon compared and contrasted

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Media & broadcast

Arts on television: Bacon and Hirst as the bad boys of British art

Damien Hirst has carried on Francis Bacon’s violent legacy of “guts, blood and spunk”, but denies any direct inspiration

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Francis Bacon

Books: Francis Bacon’s passion for the camera

This is the first study of the painter’s use of photography

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Francis Bacon Estate

Bacon Estate forces Musée Picasso to banish Joule material to basement

The drawings will also be in their own catalogue, separate to the rest of the exhibition

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Francis Bacon Estate

The bacon estate and what's left of it

Partner’s will published

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British Art

Contemporary auction sales report: British art makes the great leap

Bacon and Auerbach triumphed as Sotheby’s and Christie’s racked up impressive totals

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Tate

Rain causes Bacon alert at Tate

“Two figures lying on a bed with attendants” removed

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Tate

Tate acquires Bacon archive

Barry Joule collection makes its way into public hands

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Is Tehran’s Bacon coming to London?

Tate hopes to secure the hidden gem

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Francis Bacon and the tradition of art

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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Artist interview

Francis Giacobetti interviews Francis Bacon: “I painted to be loved”

The last summing up, two months before he died, by the greatest Irish painter of the 20th century in an interview with the photographer Francis Giacobetti

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Francis Bacon’s heir dies

Solicitors for John Edwards’ estate deny that his lover has inherited the art

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Art market

Contemporary sales report: Storm warnings prove inaccurate

Problematic Warhols hinder Christie’s but Sotheby’s sparkles with Richter Riley, Barceló and Flanaghan

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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon’s paintings of Van Gogh gather in Arles

Fondation Vincent van Gogh assembles the surviving paintings in this series

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Francis Bacon Estate

The Estate of Francis Bacon drops legal action against Marlborough

No evidence of blackmail, and video shows the artist satisfied with his gallery

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Art market

Post-War and Contemporary sale report: where have all the Warhols gone?

Record prices for Andreas Gursky, Peter Doig, Luciano Fabro and Douglas Gordon

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Perry Odgen

Perry Ogden's photographs of Francis Bacon’s Studio on show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Inside 7 Reece Mews

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Perry Ogden, John Edwards, 7 Reece Mews

Francis Bacon’s studio (Thames & Hudson, London, 2001), 129 pp, 60 col. ills £14.95 (hb) ISBN 0500510342.

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Francis Bacon

Freud ramps up efforts to find Bacon portrait stolen in Berlin

A poster campaign has been launched to recover the work which disappeared from the Neue Nationalgalerie

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Disputes

Bacon Estate v. Marlborough gallery to go to High Court in January

Litigation may reveal the operations of one of London’s leading galleries and its Liechtenstein subsidiary

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Books

What's on in London: The house that crashed on Japan and other urban dilemmas

Bacon lithographs at Coskun, Euan Uglow at Browse and Darby and Albers at Waddingtons

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Francis Bacon

Bacon estate bans reproductions of images in Barbican exhibition

Tate lends Bacon works on paper for comparison with disputed works but comparative photos of Tate works are not allowed

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Marlborough

Marlborough wins suit against Schwitters estate

Bacon executor denies parallels with its own case

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Exhibitions

The Joule Archive to go on show at Barbican: Will the real Mr Bacon please stand up?

A second exhibition of Barry Joule’s collection, left to him by Francis Bacon his former neighbour, is still a matter of dispute with the Bacon Estate

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Books

Books: Francis Bacon and the sudden experience of eye-opening words

David Sylvester reevaluates violence

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Francis Bacon Estate

Marlborough sued over Bacon estate

Artist allegedly exploited and heir denied his inheritance

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Francis Bacon

Correction: Barry Joule Bacon drawings under consideration for Irish Museum of Art

The drawings will be displayed as “attributed to F. Bacon”

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The show that dares not speak its name: Francis Bacon estate intervenes in new Dublin show

The Joule archive drawings continue to cause contention

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Interviews

Interview with John Richardson: His new memoirs as Cubism’s Falstaff

Richardson talks about his mentor and one time lover, Douglas Cooper—fiendish and funny art historian, aesthete and champion of Cubism

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Francis Bacon Estate

Interview with Brian Clarke on the Bacon estate: In litigation mode

The new sole executor of Bacon's estate talks in his first public interview about the teams of lawyers now working to see that the artist’s beneficiary, John Edwards, receives precisely what Francis intended him to receive. And that is everything

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Books

Books: The market muscles its way back onto the agenda, with Bacon and the body keeping pace

Mammon’s shrine in the groves of academe

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Bacon's rare drawings to go on show at the Tate

The Tate unveils its previously unknown Bacon drawings to the world while two US museums present new views of the blockbuster British artist

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Bacon sizzles in New York as newly discovered works go on display at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery

The exhibition notably shuns the Marlborough gallery, which represented the artist throughout his life

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Media & broadcast

Art in the media: The people’s painting—only what we deserve

Komar and Melamid reveal what we like, Tory politician Jeffrey Archer speculates in Warhols, fictional Bacon somewhat censored, and Britain’s own intellectual, Jonathan Miller, on reflection

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Exhibitions

Portraiture and physiognomy exhibition shows Leonardo as the father of Western soul-searching

The relationship between painting and physiognomy explored in Milan, from Da Vinci to Bacon

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Putting Bacon in the pictures: 'Love is the Devil' to be released 18 September

London artists Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Gillian Wearing play bit-parts

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Bacon vs Bacon: Debate over the authenticity of Cristiano Ravarino's drawings goes to court

The case is particularly difficult given the scarcity of drawings by the artist

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Francis Bacon is the subject of two new exhibitions just a year and a half after major retrospective

Bringing home Bacon—again

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Books

Books: Small revelations only on lives of Duchamp, Johns, and Bacon

The recent biographies of these art-world giants promise much but aside from anecdotes little is shown of the subjects’ inner lives

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Exhibitions

Basel beckons: from Bacon to Warhol, the cream of twentieth-century art on view

Europe’s grandest modern art fair will be bigger than ever this year, with collectors and museum curators from all over the world

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Pompidou Bacon survey makes its way to Munich

David Sylvester’s comprehensive survey includes works which Bacon himself tried to destroy

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Exceptional new Bacon survey on show at the Pompidou

An Italian designer and considerable use of natural light for David Sylvester’s new survey of nearly ninety paintings, which includes working studies never previously exhibited

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Bacon at last meets the pope as Velázquez comes to town

The National Gallery will display Portrait of Pope Innocent X with Bacon's reinterpretations

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John Deakin

John Deakin at the National Portrait Gallery: Bacon and the Soho bohemia

Retrospective on until 14 July

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Sotheby's

Contemporary sales report, London: Infectious enthusiasm pulls in bidders at Sotheby's

Bacon, Kitaj, Warhol and Richter attract keen competition

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Art market

Unexpected success in contemporary auctions, where unidentified Californian collector buys $3.5 million Gorky and $925,000 Hockney

Despite lukewarm predictions and no blockbuster items there was increased buyer confidence