Francis Bacon

Last photograph of Lucian Freud’s stolen Francis Bacon portrait published for first time

Image taken at Neue Nationalgalerie moments before the 1988 theft features in a new book of the artist’s copper paintings

An expert's guide to Francis Bacon: five must-read books on the post-war painter

All you ever wanted to know about the artist, from a deep dive into his chaotic studio to accounts of his exploits in seedy Soho—selected by the art historian Michael Peppiatt

What was the best art book you read in 2020? The Art Newspaper team reveals its favourite publications

From the catalogue for a controversial Guston show to a four-volume tome on Leonardo Da Vinci—and some lighter reads too

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Six of the best catalogues raisonnés

From Leonardo to Bacon, take your pick from a selection of essential texts on leading artists

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

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

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

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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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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The top ten auction results of 2019—and the art market trends they reveal

We look back at the biggest art sales of the year, which reveal a concentration on New York over London and a continued dominance of 20th century male artists

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

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

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

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

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

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

Three to See: Basel

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

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.

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack

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

Swiss museum hosts first major comparative exhibition of the two artists

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

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

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

Bacon and his inspiration at the Hermitage

See the conversation in Norwich exhibition next Spring

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

UK-Russia Bacon show goes on…

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

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

Bacon estate says lover’s brother sold fakes

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

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

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

Books: Francis Bacon, metaphysician

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

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

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

Controversial Bacon drawings displayed in London

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

Courtauld's Bacon debate on disputed drawings axed

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

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

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

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge subject of new biography and exhibition catalogue

The “discoverer” of animal locomotion influenced artists including 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

Francis Bacon, Man in Blue VI, 1954

(est £4m-£6m), the work remains unsold

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

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

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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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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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

Portrait of Bacon’s lover to be auctioned

Isabel Rawsthorne diptych on the block at Sotheby's

RCA to sell Bacon as part of fundraising campaign

Proceeds will go towards new campus in Battersea

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

Rediscovered Bacon “rubbish” could fetch £50,000

Documents and paintings will be sold at a country auction

Author chosen for Bacon catalogue

Diplomacy will be required to deal with warring factions

A solution found to Tehran's controversial Bacon triptych

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

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