Francis Bacon and the Masters
18 April – 26 July 2015
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.
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.