Paris - Exhibition

Francis Bacon: Books and Paintings

Centre Pompidou

11 Sep 201920 Jan 2020

Following up on the last major French exhibition of the artist’s work, held in 1996, the Centre Pompidou now brings back together paintings dating from 1971-1992. Didier Ottinger is the curator of this innovative exploration of the influence of literature in Francis Bacon’s painting.

The exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on works produced by Bacon in the last two decades of his career. It features 60 paintings from major private and public collections. From 1971 to 1992 (the year of the artist’s death), his painting style was marked by its simplification and intensification. His colours acquired new depth, drawn from a unique chromatic register of yellow, pink and saturated orange.

  • Francis Bacon, Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres (1983). Courtesy of Centre PompidouFrancis Bacon, Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres (1983). Courtesy of Centre Pompidou

Related Artists

Francis Bacon


Didier Ottinger

Contacts & Details

mon, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Adult €13 or €11 depending on the period / concessions €10 or €9 depending on the period


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