Exhibition preview: All Too Human, Tate Britain

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud are the headliners of Tate Britain’s upcoming show

All Too Human, subtitled Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, explores how Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, as well as Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach and Walter Sickert, representing the human form on canvas. Opening at Tate Britain on February 28, the show also features paintings by Celia Paul, Stanley Spencer, Leon Kossoff and more.

The main draw of this exhibition will be the Bacon and Freud works on display. Paintings by the former include Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne (1966) and Study after Velazquez (1950) which will be shown alongside a sculpture by Giacometti, to highlight the way both artists having explored figures in isolation. Meanwhile, key paintings spanning Freud’s career will demonstrate how his work became more visceral over time, with paintings including Frank Auerbach (1975-6) and Sleeping by the Lion Carpet (1996) featuring. For a sneak preview of the show, see below.

Portrait, by Francis Bacon (Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen. The Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection/Winners of the Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen © The Estate of Francis Bacon)

Girl with a White Dog, by Lucian Freud (© Tate)

Reverse, by Jenny Saville (Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian)

The Family, by Paula Rego (Marlborough International Fine Art © Paula Rego)

Patricia Preece, by Stanley Spencer (Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire © The Estate of Stanley Spencer/Bridgeman Images)

Painter and Model, by Celia Paul
(© Celia Paul, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice)

Nuit d’Été, by Walter Sickert (Private Collection, Ivor Braka Ltd)

Head of Jake, by Frank Auerbach (Private Collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art)

Children’s Swimming Pool, Autumn Afternoon, by Leon Kossoff (© Leon Kossoff)


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