Exhibition from the 2nd of July to the 4th of September 2016 at the Grimaldi Forum, 10 avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco, open everyday from 10am to 8pm or 10pm on tuersdays. phone : +377 9999 3000, fee : 10 €.
The Grimaldi Forum's exhibition has the purpose to explain the rising of the Francis Bacon's artistic career and in particular the part playing by Monaco and the french culture. Francis Bacon was a francophile who went often in France where he was considered a a famous painter since the beginning of the 1960's. Painter of the violence, the cruelty and the tragedy Francis bacon showcasing his life and his friends inside his own triptychs. He made also very tortured portraits like bended in texture of the canvas. Francis Bacon has never followed Fine - Art studies but he has decided to become a painter after watching the Picasso exhibition at the gallery Rosenberg in Paris. His first canvas are very influenced by the famous artists of the beginning of the 20 th century but during the 1930's he understands that his own style must follow the feelings he really improve
After the second world war Francis Bacon goes to Monaco where he has the goal to create a link between the old style (Velasquez) and the modern style (Eisenstein). This new period of his career begins with a shocking painting full of violence "Trois études de figure au sien d'une crucifixion". Francis Bacon interests himself with the faces, the rictus and the soldiers mimics. He uses dark colors and paints some strange individuals, forms and human bodies inside cubes. This period ended when Francis Bacon inspires himself with the Van Gogh art work. He put some colors inside his canvas and gives an important part to the painting gesture like a kind of emergency.
The 1960's were the recognition years for Francis Bacon with the exhibition at the Maeght art gallery in Paris (1966) and the exhibition at the Grand Palais (1971). Francis Bacon buys also his own studio in London (7 Reece Mews, South Kensington) in an area where some french are living in. His studio was small, never cleaning up and full of empty tubes of colors, of revues and stained pictures because he gave an important part to the chance. This studio will be take down after the painter death and rebuild inside the Francis Bacon Museum of Dublin. The last Francis Bacon paintings show us a painter who prefer to use the back of the canvas for the texture and and also who is only interesting by the violence of the colors.