London, Tate Britain

To celebrate the centenary of Francis Bacon's birth, the Tate is hosting the first UK retrospective on his work since 1985. It features some 60 works made over the course of his career, bringing together some of the most important pieces from each period in his life, in order to highlight Bacon's sources, processes and thoughts.

Celebrated as one of the greatest figure painters of the 20th century, Bacon (1909-1992) first came to prominence in the 1940s. His powerful paintings capturing sexuality, violence, anxiety and isolation display raw emotion, often showing twisted images of people and animals that are splattered with paint. The human body is a recurring theme in Francis Bacon's work, and these works are displayed with a number of representations of animals and visceral landscapes. Highlights in the show include such paintings and triptychs as "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion" (1944), "Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X " (1953), "Crucifixion" (1965) and "In Memory of George Dyer" (1971).

September 11, 2008, through January 4, 2009
Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
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