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Posted on 2019-09-20 04:15:37 in EXHIBITION
Image: Francis Bacon's oil on canvas painting: Study of a Nude, 1952–53. Catalogue raisonné number 53-01.
Francis Bacon, Study of a Nude, 1952–53. Oil on canvas. CR no. 53-01. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2019. All rights reserved.

Vancouver Art Gallery’s Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time ends on 29 September 2019. The Canadian exhibition features Francis Bacon’s Study of a Nude, 1952–53 (CR no. 53-01) and Three Studies for Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1965 (CR no. 65-04) which have both travelled from the UK’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts collection.

Art by Francis Bacon and fellow UK-based artists Isabel Rawsthorne, Lynn Chadwick and Eduardo Paolozzi is included in the exhibition, with Vancouver Art Gallery saying that visitors will find outstanding paintings and sculptures by these artists who shared an interest in materiality and Existentialist-inspired realism that preoccupied Giacometti.

Bacon met Giacometti in a café in Paris. He approached the sculptor and told him how much he admired his work. Bacon also liked Giacometti’s lifestyle in that despite his wealth he continued to work in his small, cluttered studio near Montparnasse. His lack of interest in official honours and success also appealed to Bacon. Parallels can be made between both artists’ lives in that neither accumulated many possessions but were extremely generous to friends and liked to frequent good restaurants and leave huge tips. They also had a mutual friendship with Isabel Rawsthorne.

Other artists featured in the show include: César, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Elisabeth Frink, Henri Michaux, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle and William Turnbull.

Organised by the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, A Line Through Time originated as a 2016 exhibition in Norwich commemorating the 50th anniversary of Giacometti’s death.

Vancouver Art Gallery is open until 9PM for the final weekend on 28 & 29 September. For more information about this exhibition display, including opening hours, tickets, details and a members preview even, please visit the exhibition website.

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time
Present – 29 September 2019 
Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

Word reference: Vancouver Art Gallery press release and website, The Estate of Francis Bacon website.

*Please note: exhibition, venue, and ticketing terms and conditions apply. Tickets are subject to availability. All details including dates, names, featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change. If you're planning a visit, we first recommend checking with the Vancouver Art Gallery for all confirmations regarding this exhibition.


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