Francis Bacon’s ‘Figures in a Landscape’ 1956 is currently on display in the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exhibition: ‘Exposed: The Body in Art from Durer to Freud’.
‘Figures in a Landscape’ depicts two nude bodies twisted together, formed from a seemingly violent application of paint. Bacon painted the work in 1956 in Tangier, Morocco. The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exhibition guide suggests that ‘The atmosphere of greater sexual liberation of the ex-patriot (sic) community he (Bacon) encountered there, as opposed to attitudes in Britain where homosexuality remained illegal, may have influenced Bacon’s creation of more explicit figurative imagery.’
‘Exposed’ explores the varied and intriguing ways in which artists respond to the human body. The exhibition presents works from Birmingham Museums’ fine art collection with a small number of works from Shropshire Museums’ collection.
The show is Curated by Victoria Osborne. As well as Francis Bacon’s ‘Figures in a Landscape’, works by Albrecht Dürer, Helen Chadwick and Lucian Freud feature. An exhibition guide is available to download here.
Exposed: The Body in Art from Durer to Freud
15th September – 4th January 2015
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Word reference: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery website and exhibition guide. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.