Four Francis Bacon artworks are included in the Tate Britain’s ‘BP Walk through British Art’, the gallery’s new presentation of the “World’s Greatest Collection of British Art”, which opened to the public on May 14th.
This continuous chronological display of the national collection of British art is a walk through time from the 1500s to present day. 500 artworks are displayed over 20 galleries with no designated theme or movement. Some pieces often separated when hung by movement or genre now find themselves chronologically presented side-by-side. The aim of this is to achieve open conversation, giving audiences a more neutral view of the range of art from historical moments.
Francis Bacon is being displayed alongside such major artists as John Constable, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, J.M.W. Turner, Gwen John, Stanley Spencer, L.S. Lowry, John Everett Millais, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, and Rachel Whiteread.
The four Francis Bacon artworks on display are ‘Painted Screen’ (c.1929), ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ (c.1944), ‘Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV’ (1957), and the above ‘Triptych – August 1972′ (1972). Considered one in a series of Black Triptychs following the suicide of Bacon’s lover George Dyer, ‘Triptych – August 1972′ depicts Dyer in the left panel and Bacon himself in the right. The central panel was conceived from wrestlers photographed by Edward Muybridge, suggesting a sexual encounter, for some invoking a ‘life-and-death struggle’. More on this image can be found on the Tate website here.
‘BP Walk through British Art’ is part of BP Displays – Supported by BP. The display is on now, admission is free, view more information on the Tate Britain website.
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Words reference: Tate Britain press release and website. Special thanks to Kate Moores.