Francis Bacon: Late Paintings February 23–August 16, 2020
Francis Bacon (1909–1992) achieved a passionate summation of his career in the last two decades of his production, from 1971 to 1991, with paintings that demonstrated the timeless humanism and the enduring power that made him among the 20th century’s most compelling figures.
This exhibition from the Centre Pompidou in Paris features some 40 canvases, including an array of the artist’s monumental triptychs, which are among his most celebrated works. With significant new loans added to the Houston presentation, Francis Bacon: Late Paintings is the first museum exhibition to investigate Bacon’s late works in depth, as well as the first U.S. survey of Bacon’s paintings since the centenary retrospective organized by the Tate Britain and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009.
• Please be advised that the exhibition includes nudity and mature subject matter.
Francis Bacon: Late Paintings | February 23–August 16, 2020
Entry is included with general admission. Advance timed tickets are recommended. We welcome all visitors at any time. See new visiting protocols, including requirements for face masks and social distancing.
► Conversation with the Director
Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH, talks with Houston-based artist David McGee about the life and work of Francis Bacon, and the paintings featured in the exhibition.
Related publications, including the illustrated exhibition catalogue, are available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).
This exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Major support is provided by:
Anchorage Foundation of Texas
Additional funding is provided by:
Gilbert Lloyd, Chairman and CEO, Marlborough International Fine Art Limited
National Endowment for the Arts
Luther King Capital Management
Sara Paschall Dodd
Cyvia G. Wolff