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Bacon and Freud: Conversations

Floor 2

April 30 – June 29, 2024

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Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Installation View. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Selected Works

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Lucian Freud

Pluto Aged Twelve, 2000
etching on white Somerset textured paper, ed. of 46
22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. / 57.2 x 72.4 cm

Lucian Freud

Pluto Aged Twelve, 2000
etching on white Somerset textured paper, ed. of 46
22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. / 57.2 x 72.4 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon

Study from the Human Body 1987, 1992

aquatint on Fabriano paper, ed. of 90

64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 163 x 121 cm

Francis Bacon

Study from the Human Body 1987, 1992

aquatint on Fabriano paper, ed. of 90

64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 163 x 121 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud

Woman with an Arm Tattoo, 1996

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 40

27 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. / 70.5 x 89.5 cm

Lucian Freud

Woman with an Arm Tattoo, 1996

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 40

27 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. / 70.5 x 89.5 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Study for the Human Body from a Drawing by Ingres 1982-84, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 180

sheet: 34 5/8 x 23 7/8 in. / 88 x 60.6 cm

Francis Bacon
Study for the Human Body from a Drawing by Ingres 1982-84, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 180

sheet: 34 5/8 x 23 7/8 in. / 88 x 60.6 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud
Head of Ali, 1999

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/5 x 16 7/8 in. / 59.9 x 42.9 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Head of Ali, 1999

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/5 x 16 7/8 in. / 59.9 x 42.9 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud
David Dawson, 1998

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. / 59.4 x 42.5 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
David Dawson, 1998

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. / 59.4 x 42.5 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud
Portrait Head (Emily), 2001

etching on Somerset textured white paper, ed. of 46

plate: 23 1/2 x 18 in. / 59.7 x 45.7 cm

sheet: 30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Portrait Head (Emily), 2001

etching on Somerset textured white paper, ed. of 46

plate: 23 1/2 x 18 in. / 59.7 x 45.7 cm

sheet: 30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Study for Self Portrait 1982, 1984

offset lithograph, ed. of 182

37 x 25 5/8 in. / 94 x 65.1 cm

Francis Bacon
Study for Self Portrait 1982, 1984

offset lithograph, ed. of 182

37 x 25 5/8 in. / 94 x 65.1 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud
Girl with Fuzzy Hair, 2004

etching, ed. of 46

plate: 12 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 31.8 x 29.5 cm

sheet: 25 x 19 3/4 in. / 63.5 x 50.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Girl with Fuzzy Hair, 2004

etching, ed. of 46

plate: 12 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 31.8 x 29.5 cm

sheet: 25 x 19 3/4 in. / 63.5 x 50.2 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud

IB, 1988

etching, edition of 50

plate: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. / 21 x 14.6 cm
sheet: 14 1/4 x 11 in. / 36.2 x 27.9 cm

Lucian Freud

IB, 1988

etching, edition of 50

plate: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. / 21 x 14.6 cm
sheet: 14 1/4 x 11 in. / 36.2 x 27.9 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres 1983, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 150 + HC

50 3/8 x 35 3/8 in. / 128 x 89.9 cm

Francis Bacon
Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres 1983, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 150 + HC

50 3/8 x 35 3/8 in. / 128 x 89.9 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud
Girl Holding Her Foot, 1985

Etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 50

image: 27 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. / 68.9 x 54.3 cm

sheet: 35 x 28 3/8 in. / 88.9 x 72.1 cm

Lucian Freud
Girl Holding Her Foot, 1985

Etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 50

image: 27 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. / 68.9 x 54.3 cm

sheet: 35 x 28 3/8 in. / 88.9 x 72.1 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud

After Constable's Elm, 2003
etching, ed. of 46
21 1/4 x 15 in. / 54 x 38.1 cm

Lucian Freud

After Constable's Elm, 2003
etching, ed. of 46
21 1/4 x 15 in. / 54 x 38.1 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud
Naked Man on a Bed, 1990

etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 40

image: 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. / 29.8 x 29.8 cm

sheet: 23 x 22 1/2 in. / 58.4 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Naked Man on a Bed, 1990

etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 40

image: 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. / 29.8 x 29.8 cm

sheet: 23 x 22 1/2 in. / 58.4 x 57.2 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Studies of the Human Body 1979 (Center Panel of Triptych), 1980

offset lithograph, ed. of 250

image: 35 x 26 in. / 88.9 x 66

sheet: 40 x 26 in. / 101.6 x 66 cm

Francis Bacon
Studies of the Human Body 1979 (Center Panel of Triptych), 1980

offset lithograph, ed. of 250

image: 35 x 26 in. / 88.9 x 66

sheet: 40 x 26 in. / 101.6 x 66 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Triptych 1991, (right panel), 1992

etching and aquatint, ed. of 84

image: 52 3/4 x 38 3/4 in. / 134 x 98.4 cm

sheet: 64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 162.9 x 121 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1991, (right panel), 1992

etching and aquatint, ed. of 84

image: 52 3/4 x 38 3/4 in. / 134 x 98.4 cm

sheet: 64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 162.9 x 121 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Triptych 1987, (Center Panel), 1987

lithograph, ed. of 180

37 1/4 x 26 3/4 in. / 94.6 x 68 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1987, (Center Panel), 1987

lithograph, ed. of 180

37 1/4 x 26 3/4 in. / 94.6 x 68 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Triptych 1986-1987, 1988

a set of 3 etchings and aquatints on Arches paper, ed. of 99 + 15 AP

plate: each 25 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. / 65.4 x 48.9 cm

sheet: each 35 3/8 x 24 3/4 in. / 89.9 x 62.9 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1986-1987, 1988

a set of 3 etchings and aquatints on Arches paper, ed. of 99 + 15 AP

plate: each 25 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. / 65.4 x 48.9 cm

sheet: each 35 3/8 x 24 3/4 in. / 89.9 x 62.9 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Triptych 1983, 1984

a set of 3 lithographs, ed. of 180

image: each 26 x 19 1/2 in. / 66 x 49.5 cm

sheet: each 35 x 24 1/2 in. / 88.9 x 62.2 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1983, 1984

a set of 3 lithographs, ed. of 180

image: each 26 x 19 1/2 in. / 66 x 49.5 cm

sheet: each 35 x 24 1/2 in. / 88.9 x 62.2 cm

Inquire
Francis Bacon
Triptych, March 1974 (centre panel), 1978

offset lithograph, ed. of 150

image: 25 x 18 1/2 in. / 63.5 x 47 cm

sheet: 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. / 50 x 60.3 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych, March 1974 (centre panel), 1978

offset lithograph, ed. of 150

image: 25 x 18 1/2 in. / 63.5 x 47 cm

sheet: 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. / 50 x 60.3 cm

Inquire
Lucian Freud

Pluto Aged Twelve, 2000
etching on white Somerset textured paper, ed. of 46
22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. / 57.2 x 72.4 cm

Lucian Freud

Pluto Aged Twelve, 2000
etching on white Somerset textured paper, ed. of 46
22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. / 57.2 x 72.4 cm

Francis Bacon

Study from the Human Body 1987, 1992

aquatint on Fabriano paper, ed. of 90

64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 163 x 121 cm

Francis Bacon

Study from the Human Body 1987, 1992

aquatint on Fabriano paper, ed. of 90

64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 163 x 121 cm

Lucian Freud

Woman with an Arm Tattoo, 1996

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 40

27 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. / 70.5 x 89.5 cm

Lucian Freud

Woman with an Arm Tattoo, 1996

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 40

27 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. / 70.5 x 89.5 cm

Francis Bacon
Study for the Human Body from a Drawing by Ingres 1982-84, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 180

sheet: 34 5/8 x 23 7/8 in. / 88 x 60.6 cm

Francis Bacon
Study for the Human Body from a Drawing by Ingres 1982-84, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 180

sheet: 34 5/8 x 23 7/8 in. / 88 x 60.6 cm

Lucian Freud
Head of Ali, 1999

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/5 x 16 7/8 in. / 59.9 x 42.9 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Head of Ali, 1999

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/5 x 16 7/8 in. / 59.9 x 42.9 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
David Dawson, 1998

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. / 59.4 x 42.5 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
David Dawson, 1998

etching on Somerset Textured White paper, ed. of 46

image: 23 3/8 x 16 3/4 in. / 59.4 x 42.5 cm

sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/2 in. / 75.9 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Portrait Head (Emily), 2001

etching on Somerset textured white paper, ed. of 46

plate: 23 1/2 x 18 in. / 59.7 x 45.7 cm

sheet: 30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Portrait Head (Emily), 2001

etching on Somerset textured white paper, ed. of 46

plate: 23 1/2 x 18 in. / 59.7 x 45.7 cm

sheet: 30 x 22 1/2 in. / 76.2 x 57.2 cm

Francis Bacon
Study for Self Portrait 1982, 1984

offset lithograph, ed. of 182

37 x 25 5/8 in. / 94 x 65.1 cm

Francis Bacon
Study for Self Portrait 1982, 1984

offset lithograph, ed. of 182

37 x 25 5/8 in. / 94 x 65.1 cm

Lucian Freud
Girl with Fuzzy Hair, 2004

etching, ed. of 46

plate: 12 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 31.8 x 29.5 cm

sheet: 25 x 19 3/4 in. / 63.5 x 50.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Girl with Fuzzy Hair, 2004

etching, ed. of 46

plate: 12 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. / 31.8 x 29.5 cm

sheet: 25 x 19 3/4 in. / 63.5 x 50.2 cm

Lucian Freud

IB, 1988

etching, edition of 50

plate: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. / 21 x 14.6 cm
sheet: 14 1/4 x 11 in. / 36.2 x 27.9 cm

Lucian Freud

IB, 1988

etching, edition of 50

plate: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. / 21 x 14.6 cm
sheet: 14 1/4 x 11 in. / 36.2 x 27.9 cm

Francis Bacon
Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres 1983, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 150 + HC

50 3/8 x 35 3/8 in. / 128 x 89.9 cm

Francis Bacon
Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres 1983, 1984

lithograph, ed. of 150 + HC

50 3/8 x 35 3/8 in. / 128 x 89.9 cm

Lucian Freud
Girl Holding Her Foot, 1985

Etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 50

image: 27 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. / 68.9 x 54.3 cm

sheet: 35 x 28 3/8 in. / 88.9 x 72.1 cm

Lucian Freud
Girl Holding Her Foot, 1985

Etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 50

image: 27 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. / 68.9 x 54.3 cm

sheet: 35 x 28 3/8 in. / 88.9 x 72.1 cm

Lucian Freud

After Constable's Elm, 2003
etching, ed. of 46
21 1/4 x 15 in. / 54 x 38.1 cm

Lucian Freud

After Constable's Elm, 2003
etching, ed. of 46
21 1/4 x 15 in. / 54 x 38.1 cm

Lucian Freud
Naked Man on a Bed, 1990

etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 40

image: 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. / 29.8 x 29.8 cm

sheet: 23 x 22 1/2 in. / 58.4 x 57.2 cm

Lucian Freud
Naked Man on a Bed, 1990

etching on Somerset Satin White paper, ed. of 40

image: 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. / 29.8 x 29.8 cm

sheet: 23 x 22 1/2 in. / 58.4 x 57.2 cm

Francis Bacon
Studies of the Human Body 1979 (Center Panel of Triptych), 1980

offset lithograph, ed. of 250

image: 35 x 26 in. / 88.9 x 66

sheet: 40 x 26 in. / 101.6 x 66 cm

Francis Bacon
Studies of the Human Body 1979 (Center Panel of Triptych), 1980

offset lithograph, ed. of 250

image: 35 x 26 in. / 88.9 x 66

sheet: 40 x 26 in. / 101.6 x 66 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1991, (right panel), 1992

etching and aquatint, ed. of 84

image: 52 3/4 x 38 3/4 in. / 134 x 98.4 cm

sheet: 64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 162.9 x 121 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1991, (right panel), 1992

etching and aquatint, ed. of 84

image: 52 3/4 x 38 3/4 in. / 134 x 98.4 cm

sheet: 64 1/8 x 47 5/8 in. / 162.9 x 121 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1987, (Center Panel), 1987

lithograph, ed. of 180

37 1/4 x 26 3/4 in. / 94.6 x 68 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1987, (Center Panel), 1987

lithograph, ed. of 180

37 1/4 x 26 3/4 in. / 94.6 x 68 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1986-1987, 1988

a set of 3 etchings and aquatints on Arches paper, ed. of 99 + 15 AP

plate: each 25 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. / 65.4 x 48.9 cm

sheet: each 35 3/8 x 24 3/4 in. / 89.9 x 62.9 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1986-1987, 1988

a set of 3 etchings and aquatints on Arches paper, ed. of 99 + 15 AP

plate: each 25 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. / 65.4 x 48.9 cm

sheet: each 35 3/8 x 24 3/4 in. / 89.9 x 62.9 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1983, 1984

a set of 3 lithographs, ed. of 180

image: each 26 x 19 1/2 in. / 66 x 49.5 cm

sheet: each 35 x 24 1/2 in. / 88.9 x 62.2 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych 1983, 1984

a set of 3 lithographs, ed. of 180

image: each 26 x 19 1/2 in. / 66 x 49.5 cm

sheet: each 35 x 24 1/2 in. / 88.9 x 62.2 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych, March 1974 (centre panel), 1978

offset lithograph, ed. of 150

image: 25 x 18 1/2 in. / 63.5 x 47 cm

sheet: 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. / 50 x 60.3 cm

Francis Bacon
Triptych, March 1974 (centre panel), 1978

offset lithograph, ed. of 150

image: 25 x 18 1/2 in. / 63.5 x 47 cm

sheet: 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. / 50 x 60.3 cm

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
from 6—8pm

Press Release

Bacon and Freud: Conversations - Exhibitions - Marlborough New York

Lucian Freud with Francis Bacon in Bacon's London studio, 1953 © Daniel Farson

Marlborough New York is pleased to present Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud: Conversations, an exhibition which will bring together an overview of the two artists’ graphic output and the differing approaches each took to printmaking. Both Bacon and Freud are widely recognized as leading figurative artists of the twentieth century and had shared a mutual interest in expressing the essence of the human experience.

The marks and techniques Lucian Freud employed during the etching process were a natural progression from his work as a draughtsman. Freud’s approach to printmaking was informed by his painting; by placing the etching plate upright on an easel, he was able to meticulously work from life. Always working directly from his models and demarcating their forms through meticulous networks of finely etched lines. Unsettling and unyielding, these portraits contain a remarkable honesty and an awkwardness that adds to the psychological tension.

Francis Bacon’s graphic works reflect his relentless strive to “open the valves of feeling.” He acted as a self-proclaimed witness of mankind, setting himself the task of scrutinizing the human condition. Whether self-portraits, depictions of former lovers, or evocations of the human figure, each produces the same expressive and fiercely charged effect seen in his paintings. He worked closely with his printmakers to capture the same color quality, especially evident in the bright oranges and deep blacks.

Bacon and Freud shared an impassioned, yet tumultuous, nearly forty-year friendship. When the pair met in the mid-1940s through their mutual friend Graham Sutherland, they quickly struck up a friendship and became inseparable, often seeing each other daily. The two would frequently partake in debaucherous activities, spending time at the Gargoyle Club (and later the Colony Room) gambling, drinking, and fraternizing with fellow bohemians, which on one occasion, lead Freud to competitively gamble away everything he owned, including his car. 

Their friendship was also fueled by their mutual interest in their own and each other’s art practice. Freud deeply admired Bacon’s work and was struck with the distinct emotive qualities and rawness of the human form. When Freud sat for Bacon in 1951, he was moved by the artist’s spontaneous, hurried approach to artmaking. Conversely, when Freud drew Bacon the following year, Bacon was astonished by the level of detail and time Freud invested in the piece.

In the studio, the two shared a complex relationship, with Bacon and Freud fiercely critiquing, whilst inspiring, one another’s work. While Bacon encouraged Freud to break away from traditional modes of portraiture, Freud motivated Bacon to tap into his subject’s psyche and explore the emotional depths of his sitters. As Freud recounted, “I realized immediately that [Bacon’s] work related to how he felt about life. Mine on the other hand seemed very labored. That was because there was a terrific amount of labor for me to do anything—and still is. Francis on the other hand, would have ideas, which he put down and then destroy and then quickly put down again. It was his attitude that I admired. The way he was completely ruthless about his own work. I think that Francis’s way of painting freely helped me feel more daring.”

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