Francis Bacon Portraits

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An abstract painting of a male head against a black background
Study for a Self-Portrait, 1979 by Francis Bacon © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2023.

10 October 2024 - 19 January 2025

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Featuring works from the 1950s onwards, this exhibition will explore Francis Bacon’s deep connection to portraiture and how he challenged traditional definitions of the genre. 

From his responses to portraiture by earlier artists, to large-scale paintings memorialising lost lovers, works from private and public collections will showcase Bacon’s life story. Accompanied by the artist’s self-portraits, sitters include Lucian Freud, Isabel Rawsthorne and lovers Peter Lacy and George Dyer.