(AFP) – Sep 9, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — The Tate Britain museum in London is to mark the 100th anniversary of Francis Bacon's birth with a major exhibition of some of the legendary British painter's finest works.
Comprising around 65 paintings and covering Bacon's career, the exhibition brings together the most important works from each period of his life.
It is a rare opportunity to see "Triptych", painted in 1976, which was bought at auction in May for 86.2 million dollars by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, setting a new record for a painting by the artist.
It is also the first British retrospective of his work since 1985.
Bacon, who was born in Dublin in 1909 and died in Madrid in 1992, is widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century's finest painters of the figure.
The exhibition explores Bacon's philosophy that man is simply another animal in a godless world, subject to the same natural urges of violence, lust and fear.
The exhibition is divided into 10 rooms, each exploring themes in Bacon's work, such as crucifixion, portraits, apprehension, his lover George Dyer and his late period.
Tickets cost 12.50 pounds (22 dollars, 15.50 euros). The exhibition runs until January 9 next year.
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