An exhibition revealing the similarities between two of the greatest British artists of the 20th century.

Francis Bacon was Britain’s answer to French Surrealism. His raw, ravaged emotions were smeared and splattered onto the canvas as writhing bodies trapped in hells of their own making. The violence, the sex, and the alien aberrations are Kurt Vonnegut as painting, a frightening vision of human vulnerability.

On the face of it, pairing Bacon with his contemporary Henry Moore seems unusual, yet Moore’s sculpted figures, like Bacon’s appear to melt and contort into strange primeval forms that embody a conflict between the opposing forces of figurative and abstraction.

Moore also had a fascination for Surrealism and even signed its manifesto in 1936, revealing that these two monoliths of the twentieth-century were not so different after all.

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Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH

01865 278000

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Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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