Francis Bacon and the Masters

Bacon’s obsession with the art of the past is brought into full focus.


Sarfraz Manzoor goes behind-the-scenes as the exhibition is hung to bring you the five key areas of interest.

This exhibition frames Bacon as 'an eclectic modernist', who borrowed from the art of past to make art of the present. Over 30 of his masterpieces are brought together with works by Rembrandt, Velázquez, Rodin, Michelangelo, Picasso, Cezanne, Titian, Matisse and Van Gogh in order to highlight the many different ways his practice was informed by the methods and philosophies of his artistic ancestors.

The founders of the Sainsbury Centre were important early patrons of Bacon. Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury purchased his Study for a Nude in 1953, and went on to commission him to paint their portraits. As well as the 15 paintings from the centre's own collection, other key pieces have been loaned from across Britain and Ireland.

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Material drawn from Bacon's studio highlights his preoccupation with the art of the past. On display are palettes, books, catalogues and photographs, as well as a selection of personal belongings.


Venue details

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts University of East Anglia, Norwich Norfolk NR4 7TJ 01603 593199 www.scva.ac.uk

Entry details

£6 with National Art Pass (standard entry £12)

Tue – Fri, 10am – 6pm ​(Late Fridays 18 Apr – 26 Jul until 9pm)

Sat & Sun until 5pm

Closed Mon (excl 4 & 25 May, 10am-6pm)