Francis Bacon

11 September 2008 - 4 January 2009

Tate Britain


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Curator Interview

Chris Stephens, co-curator of the Francis Bacon exhibition, gives us an insight into the show

About the exhibition

Francis Bacon was one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century and this unmissable exhibition will bring together the best and most important paintings from throughout his turbulent life.

Bacon is world famous for his twisted images of people and animals, often splattered with paint, displaying raw emotion and considered to be some of the most powerful images in art. The human body is a recurring theme in Francis Bacon’s work and these paintings will be displayed just as they were when they were first made, with many other paintings of animals and visceral landscapes. Exhibition highlights include his infamous portraits of Pope Innocent X and celebrated triptychs such as Three Studies for a Crucifixion, 1962. This exhibition is a treat for fans of Bacon's paintings, and the perfect introduction for people less familiar with his work.

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