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Francis Bacon

Biographical Notes

1909 Born in Dublin on 28 October to English parents.
1914 Family moves to London. Bacon’s father Edward {racehorse breeder & trainer} joins the War Office.
1925-28 Bacon suffers from asthma & is privately tutored. Goes to Berlin & Paris. Greatly influenced by Picasso exhibition. This determines his decision to become a painter.
1929 Takes a studio in Queensberry Mews, London, where he exhibits his own furniture designs. Begins painting in oils.
1930 Arranges exhibition with the artist Roy de Maistre, showing furniture & paintings.
1931 Devotes himself to painting after abandoning his work as a decorator. Earns his living by doing odd jobs, none of them connected to art.
1934 First one-man exhibition which he organizes himself, without success.
1936 His work is rejected by the International Surrealist Exhibition in London. Disheartened, he paints less.
1937 Takes part in a group exhibition at Agnews London, together with Ivon Hitchens, Victor Pasmore, John Piper, Roy de Maistre & Graham Sutherland.
1942-44 Declared unfit for Military Service because of his asthma. Destroys most of his earlier work.
1945 He resumes painting & exhibits the triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion. This causes an uproar at the Lefevre Gallery.
1945-55 Several group exhibitions, in which he begins the series of "Heads".
Represents Great Britain with his long time friend Lucian Freud at the XXVII Biennale in Venice.
First Retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Exhibits with Henry Moore, Matthew Smith & Graham Sutherland at the Lefevre Gallery & Redfern Gallery, London.
Teaches at the Royal College of Art as deputy for John Minton.
Paints Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. {1953}
1957 First one-man exhibition in Paris.
Exhibits Van Gogh series at the Hanover Gallery, London.
1959 Paints in St Ives, Cornwall the portrait {from memory} of Muriel Belcher owner of Soho's Colony Club, London.
1960 First exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery, London.
1961-64 Acquires his last studio in Reece Mews, South Kensington, London.
Friendship with George Dyer, the model for many of his paintings.
Paints the large triptych Three Figures in a Room.
Friendship with the sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
1966 Winner of the Rubens Prize awarded by the City of Siegen, West Germany.
Exhibits in Paris.
1968 He visits New York for the opening of his exhibition at the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery.
1971-72 Major retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Death of his companion & model George Dyer in Paris.
Bacon paints the large triptych in his memory.
1972-74 Paints a series of large triptychs as well as several self-portraits.
Meets companion & model John Edwards.
1975 Major exhibition. He travels to New York for the opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
1976 Portrait of Michel Leiris.
1977 Visits Balthus in Rome.
Attends his very successful exhibition in Paris.
1984 Paints a large triptych Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards.
1985 Retrospective at the Tate, London.
Paints large triptych Study for Self~Portrait.
1988-91 Exhibition in Moscow
Paints second version of the 1944 triptych. Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion.
Exhibitions at Smithsonian Institute Washington.
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.
Marlborough Fine Art, London.
Tate, Liverpool.
Paints Study from the Human Body
1992 Goes to Madrid to visit friends, he suffers a fatal heart attack on 28 April aged eighty two.




Francis Bacon main page
  Gaynor's personal appreciation
Works on Show in UK
  A list of galleries in the UK showing Bacon's works 

Other Artists

Lucian Freud
  British Artist (1922 - 2011)
Maggi Hambling
  British Artist (1945 -)
Walter Sickert
  British Artist (1860 - 1942)


  The Tate site lists all of Bacon's paintings that they hold; some of them may be seen online
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