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Francis Bacon: Couplings in Gagosian London

Discover the exhibition of Francis Bacon’s double-figure paintings

Francis Bacon, Two Figures with a Monkey, 1973,  Oil on canvas, 78 × 58 ⅛ inches (198 × 147.5 cm) © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2019. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Gagosian London presents Couplings, an exhibition of Francis Bacon’s double-figure paintings, opening June 6th. The exhibition explores the relationship between two people, both physical and psychological.

At the heart of the exhibition are two interrelated works have not been seen publicly together since the major retrospective of Bacon’s work at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 1971: Two Figures (1953) and Two Figures in the Grass (1954). 

The moment a number of figures become involved, you immediately come on to the storytelling aspect of the relationships between figures. And that immediately sets up a kind of narrative. I always hope to be able to make a great number of figures without a narrative. – Francis Bacon


This is Gagosian’s third exhibition dedicated to Bacon’s work, following Francis Bacon: Late Paintings (2015) and Francis Bacon: Triptychs (2006).


The exhibition will be on see at Gagosian London (201920 Grosvenor Hill) from June 6th until August 3rd 2019. The catalogue will be released in October 2019, to coincide with Frieze London.

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