Francis Bacon: The First Pope




Gagosian presents an exhibition of Francis Bacon’s first treatment of the papal image—a subject that would preoccupy the artist on and off for at least two decades. Executed circa 1946, this highly important picture in Bacon’s oeuvre has never before been exhibited publicly. The canvas entered a private collection in 1967 and was only rediscovered during the compilation of the artist’s catalogue raisonné by Martin Harrison, which was published in 2016.

‘Landscape with Pope/Dictator’ (c. 1946) (the title is placed between quotation marks in the Bacon catalogue raisonné because the artist did not give it one) was painted in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where Bacon lived for much of the time from 1946 until 1950.

Duration 15 March 2022 - 23 April 2022
Times Tuesday–Saturday 10–6
Cost Free
Venue Gagosian (Davies Street)
Address 17-19 Davies Street, London, W1K 3DE
Contact 020 7493 3020 / london@gagosian.com / www.gagosian.com

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