London Paint Club

Marlborough – Francis Bacon: Selected Graphics

20 January - 5 March, 2022
Francis Bacon, Œdipe et le Sphinx d'après Ingres after Œdipus and the Sphinx after Ingres 1983, 1984 lithograph on Arches paper, Published by Editions de la Difference, Paris, 50 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. / 127.7 x 89.5 cm, © The Artist, Image courtesy of Marlborough, London

Marlborough London presents Francis Bacon: Selected Graphics, an exhibition of prints by Francis Bacon (1909-1992).

Based on a selection of 35 of his paintings, Bacon’s graphic works reflect his relentless strive to “open the valves of feeling”. He acted as a self-proclaimed witness of mankind, setting himself the task of scrutinising the human condition. Human figures, although rarely absent from his compositions, are barely legible as human beings. However, Bacon did not seek violence for the sake of gruesomeness. He saw in the dismembered bodies a way to immerse himself in physiological torment, to grasp humanity in its rawest form. Stripping his compositions from any iconographical meaning or illustrative function, Bacon sought to obtain the “total recuperation of our physic forces”.


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