Francis Bacon is one of the many artists I've admired, along with Picasso, Paul Klee, Matisse, Kathe Kollwitz, Max Beckman and many, many others. I especially like Bacon's use of direct color and the way he breaks up his compositions. A retrospective of his work has opened up at the Met, thought I'd give everyone the heads up about it. The show opened at the Tate in London last Fall. Here is an article about it in The NY Times. And a slideshow here.
"The first major exhibition in New York in twenty years devoted to one of the most compelling painters of the twentieth century, Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective features some 130 works--sixty-five paintings and as many archival items from public and private collections from around the world--that span the entirety of the artist’s full and celebrated career. Marking the centenary of the artist’s birth in Dublin in 1909, the exhibition brings together the most significant works from each period of Bacon’s career, focusing on the key subjects and themes that run through his extraordinary creative output. The presentation affords the most comprehensive examination to date of Bacon’s sources and working processes, offering a reevaluation of the artist’s work in light of a range of new interpretations and archival materials that have emerged since his death in 1992."