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Posted on 2019-12-11 09:44:31 in CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ FOCUS
Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle, 1996. Oil and sand on canvas
Francis Bacon, Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle, 1966. Oil and sand on canvas. CR number 66-15. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2019. All rights reserved.


Until 5th January 2020, nineteen impressionist, post-impressionist and classical modern works will be exhibited. This includes works by Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Paul Gauguin, which will be displayed alongside other groups of work from the Beyeler Collection.

Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle, 1966, is part of this exhibition. Martin Harrison, FSA, remarks on the painting in the Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné: Volume III, page 824.

“In a bizarre move, it is Bacon who peers out from George Dyer’s almost silhouetted, profile head…he expressed it in a television interview with Gavin Millar in 1971, that when you are in love with someone you can never get close enough to them: ‘How can you cut your flesh open and join it with another person?’”

The painting has also been exhibited solo in London, New York, Washington D.C. and Paris, with group exhibitions in Rotterdam, Madrid and Berlin.

Read the painting’s exhibition history and a selected bibliography here.

The Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné can be purchased through our distributor’s website.

The Estate of Francis Bacon – December 2019


* 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 Fondation Beyeler for all confirmations regarding this exhibition.


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