Francis Bacon and the Masters

Francis Bacon and the Masters is a ground-breaking exhibition in which Bacon's obsession with the art of the past is brought into full focus. A major body of works by the artist is juxtaposed with masterpieces by some of the greatest painters and sculptors in the history of art, in a spectacular exploration of Bacon's working methods and ideas.

The exhibition includes works by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Rodin, Michelangelo, Picasso, Bernini, Cezanne, Titian, Matisse and Van Gogh as well as superb examples of antique Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum. Many of these works have not travelled to the UK before.

The exhibition comes to Norwich following its internationally acclaimed opening at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, where it marked the culmination of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage and concluded the UK/Russia Year of Culture.

The founders of the Centre, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were important early patrons of Francis Bacon. They purchased their first Bacon painting, Study for a Nude, in 1953, and went on to commission their portraits from him. The thirteen Bacon paintings in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection form the coregroup of works in the exhibition but they will be joined by important loans drawnfrom public and private collections across Britain and Ireland. In all, more than 30 works by the artist will be shown.

The exhibition also includes documentary and archive material, including photographs of Bacon's studio, palettes, books, catalogues and materials owned by the artist and loaned by Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. Bacon's preoccupation with the art of the past is vividly revealed in the material drawn
from his studio.

Below is a flavour of what you'll see...
(Images have been cropped and are only representative of the full paintings)

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Head of a Man - Francis Bacon

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A Young Lady - Pablo Picasso

A Young Lady

Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne - Francis Bacon

Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne

The Crucifixion - Alonso Cano

The Crucifixion

Portrait of R.J. Sainsbury - Francis Bacon

Portrait of R.J. Sainsbury

Self-Portrait - Chaïm Soutine


Two Figures in a Room - Francis Bacon

Two Figures in a Room

Portrait of an Old Man - Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Portrait of an Old Man

Head of a Man - Francis Bacon

Head of a Man

Self-Portrait in a Cap - Paul Cézanne

Self-Portrait in a Cap
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