Edited by Rudy Chiappini
A special occasion to get close to the works of Francis Bacon and gain an overall understanding of his artistic development.
Published for the exhibition in Milan between 5 March and 29 June 2008, this catalogue offers a selection of some sixty works by Bacon, beginning with his first paintings from the 1930s, which reveal how early he was attracted to a figure’s deformation and ambiguity, to the late triptychs, especially those dedicated to John Edwards, in which the artist’s existential torment seems to move towards a suffered serenity.
• The publication brings together important contributions from leading international scholars, and also technical information on all the works from the exhibition.
• The loans are from prestigious museums, such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museo de Arte Contemporanea in Caracas, the Toyota Municipal Museum in Aichi, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, in addition to little-known works from important private collections, such as the Yageo Foundation of Taiwan, the Langen Foundation of Neuss or the Collacção Berardo of Lisbon.
• In addition to the works themselves, the publication includes a series of documents (drawings, photographs, works on paper such as collages, retouched photographs etc.) from the Dublin City Gallery.