Francis Bacon

―The Barry Joule Collection of Artworks from Francis Bacon Studio, 7 Reece Mews London SW7 U.K.―

April 20(Tue.) 2021 to June 13(Sun.) 2021

X Album J9 verso - the Screaming Pope, Late 1950s-early 1960s, Oil, conté crayon and pencil on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection 

X Album J2 recto, Late 1950s-early 1960s, Oil and conté crayon on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection 

X Album J3 recto [X7 Recto], Late 1950s-early 1960s, Oil, conté crayon and chalk on paper, with photomontage
©The Barry Joule Collection

X Album J7 verso - the Van Gogh series, Late 1950s-early 1960s, Oil and conté crayon on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection 

X Album J5 recto - the Van Gogh series [X47 Recto], Late 1950s-early 1960s Oil, conté crayon and possible chalk on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection

Working document 27: Image of a swimmer, c.1928, Around 1970s-1980s Scratching out and paint on black and white reproduction on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection

Working document 11 recto: Image of Francis Bacon, Around 1970s-1980s, Paint on black and white reproduction on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection

Working document 53 : Image of a man riding a bicycle, Around 1970s-1980s, Gouache, conté crayon and pen on black and white reproduction on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection

Working document 35 : Image of a man beside a Volkswagen car, Around 1970s-1980s, Scratching out and paint on black and white reproduction on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection

Working document 19: Reunion of two comrades’ by Jean Séeberger, Paris, August 1944, Around 1970s-1980s, Scratching out and paint on black and white reproduction on paper
©The Barry Joule Collection

Working document38 verso : Image of Rudolf Nureyev, Around 1970s-1980s, Scratching out and paint on black and white reproduction on paper 
©The Barry Joule Collection

Francis Bacon (1909-92) was one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Born in Ireland and based in London, Bacon shot to fame in the 1940s with a series of paintings that depicted scenes such as people screaming or distorted human figures. The disquieting atmosphere that pervaded the works made a profound impression on the viewer. By completely transforming his motifs, which were quoted from art masterpieces and news photographs, Bacon created works that were all the more suggestive as paintings.

During his lifetime, Bacon closely controlled information related to his production process, stating, for example, that he never made any preparatory drawings or sketches. After Bacon’s death, however, an examination of the enormous number of things that he left behind in his studio at 7 Reece Mews, which he began to use in 1961, revealed materials that contradicted his claims. This helped shed further light on the hidden aspects of the painter’s life.

Barry Joule, who happened to live near Bacon’s studio, began to interact with the artist since 1978. And since he was a neighbor, Bacon sometimes asked Joule to perform odd jobs for him. In 1996, Joule revealed that Bacon had suddenly given him over 1,000 works and documents just prior to his death. Among these items was a collection of drawings called the “X Album,” and a group of “working documents,” many of which were painted on scraps of newspaper and magazines. They became a topic of interest and triggered a great deal of discussion among scholars because they threatened to upend the image Bacon had created of himself. This exhibition marks the first time that the collection has been presented in Japan.

Information

Duration April 20(Tue.) 2021 to June 13(Sun.) 2021
AdmissionGeneral: 1,000 yen (800 yen)
University Students: 800 yen(640 yen)
High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older: 500 yen (400 yen)
Elementary/Junior-High-School Students: 100 yen (80 yen)
*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedMondays (except for May 3), May 6(Thu.)
Organized by The Shoto Museum of Art, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museum
Sponsored by Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co.Ltd. (DNP), Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., and Nippon Television Network Corporation
With the special cooperation of the Barry Joule Collection
With the planning cooperation of Nishimura Gallery


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