Francis Bacon's 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' 1957, is currently on display at The Holburne Museum. The piece features in an exhibition entitled: 'Characters: Portraits and People from the Arts Council Collection', bringing together a host of characters both real and imagined, painted by British artists over the last 60 years, selected from the Arts Council Collection. 'Characters' is arranged into two contrasting halves, considering how observation compares with invention in the practice of painting people. The display pits works Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Euan Uglow – champions of the observational method – against inventive masterminds such as Francis Bacon, Peter Blake and Hew Locke. Other artists included in the exhibition include Paula Rego, Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Richard Hamilton, Maggi Hambling and many other leading figurative artists of the last half-century. Read more details about this exhibition, including opening hours, ticket information and special events, on The Holburne Museum website. Characters - 12th October 2013 - 7th January 2014 The Holburne Museum Great Pulteney Street Bath, BA2 4DB Tel: +44 (0)1225 388569 firstname.lastname@example.org Please note exhibition details are subject to change, please contact The Holburne Museum for further information. Word ref: The Holburne Museum website and ArtFund website.