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John Rothenstein; Francis Bacon
by Herbert K. Nolan Click on the links below to find out more
bromide print, March 1957
8 7/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (224 mm x 292 mm)
Bacon's work had been noticed by Herbert Read in the 1930s, but first reached, and shocked, a wider public in 1945. The purchase by the Tate Gallery (of which Sir John Rothenstein was Director) of his Figure in a Landscape in 1950 established him in the front rank of modern artists. Taken at the opening of Bacon's exhibition at the Hanover Gallery, March 1957.
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