Friday, 24 September 2021

Bacon and a whole lot Moore come to the Ashmolean

THE work of two top British modern artists is celebrated in an exhibition opening in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum in September.

THE work of two top British modern artists is celebrated in an exhibition opening in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum in September.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh And Bone will show 20 paintings by Bacon alongside 20 sculptures and drawings by Moore. The pieces have been borrowed from public and private collections.

The exhibition will explore themes such as the treatment of the human figure and the artists’ reponses to the violence of the 20th century. It will show parallels in the work of the two artists, whose careers have rarely been linked until now. Both were born before the First World War — Bacon in 1909 and Moore in 1898 — and Moore served in the trenches, an experience which had a profound effect on his work.

Similarly, Bacon’s awareness of civil unrest in Ireland, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and youth, introduced him to the presence of violence at a young age.

The two artists were both great lovers of sculpture, especially that of classical antiquity.

The show runs from September 12 until January 19 next year. Tickets are £8, £6 concessions.

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