Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983
Oil on canvas, 198 x 147.5 cm
The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Lissabon
© 2004 The Estate of Francis Bacon / ProLitteris, Zurich
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Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art : Titian – Velázquez – Rembrandt – Goya – Van Gogh – Picasso – Giacometti – Eisenstein
BASEL • Fondation Beyeler • Ongoing
|In this special exhibition, the Fondation Beyeler combines about forty works by the English painter Francis Bacon (1909–1992) with an equal number of originals by artists who were sources of inspiration to him. The range extends from Titian through Velázquez and Rembrandt, down to nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists: Ingres, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Giacometti and Soutine. In addition, Bacon’s relationship to film and photography is traced, and his ties with the tradition of art are illustrated by books, reproductions and drawings found in his London studio. |
As points of reference, Bacon often used reproductions of classic art that were torn, tattered, or altered by him in characteristic ways. It would seem that banal, mistreated reproductions of traditional imagery made better points of departure for transformation into the medium of painting. In the exhibition these documents form an eloquent link between the sublime horror of Bacon’s imagery and the often complex, ambiguous beauty of the works of the artists he accepted as his ideals.
The exhibition, organized in conjunction with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, was conceived and curated for both venues by freelance curator Barbara Steffen.
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