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Posted on 2021-03-03 11:49:14 in EXHIBITION
Francis Bacon and Peter Beard. Images: © The Estate of Peter Beard.
Francis Bacon and Peter Beard. Images: © The Estate of Peter Beard.


Ordovas is proud to present Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard, an exhibition that explores the friendship between iconic painter Francis Bacon and his long-time friend and muse, Peter Beard.


Despite working on different sides of the world, the pair shared deeply similar personal and creative passions. Following their first meeting in 1967, at Beard’s exhibition at the Marlborough New London Gallery, the two became both friends and admirers of each other’s work and often served as one another’s subject for major art pieces.


The exhibition will display works that both artists made during the time they knew each-other, shown side by side for the first time in a celebration of their friendship. Unseen materials from Beard’s archives will be available to view alongside the paintings, including letters he sent to Bacon and his diaries. These diaries are widely known for serving as the genesis for Beard’s artistic endeavours.


The exhibition catalogue, available to purchase via Ordovas Art, contains an essay by Sophie Pretorius, Researcher and Archivist for The Estate of Francis Bacon and an introduction by Martin Harrison, author of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné.


Ahead of the physical exhibition, 'Wild Life' is available online with a presentation of unpublished companion materials. It will open to the public as soon as it is permissible in accordance with UK government guidelines and will remain open until 8th May 2021.


For more information and to stay updated on opening dates visit Ordovas website.


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