Explore Francis Bacon’s profound and moving paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts from 29 January until 17 April
Spanning Bacon’s 50-year career, the exhibition includes some of his earliest works as well as his final painting. A trio of bullfight paintings will also appear together for the first time. Seen together, these raw expressions of anxiety and instinct – both animal and human – feel poignantly relevant today.
During trips to South Africa, Bacon would observe animals in the wild, becoming mesmerised by animal movement. He would fill his studio with wildlife books – Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographs of humans and animals in motion were particularly useful. He felt he could better understand the true nature of humankind by observing the behaviour. So much so that his figures are often barely recognisable as either human or beast, reminding us that our primal instincts lie just below the surface.
Please note, this exhibition contains some adult content.
Dates and times: Saturday 29 Jan-Sunday 17 April 2022, 10am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Location: Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, W1J 0BD
- You must pre-book a ticket to this exhibition. This includes Friends of the RA.
- Adult £20; Art Fund £19; concession £17; Friends of RA and under 16s go free.
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