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.

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings | February 23–May 25, 2020

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Audio Guide
The optional audio guide delves deeper into selected works of art. Offered in both English and Spanish. Included in the ticket price, based on availability. Audio-guide players are located at the exhibition entrance​.


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.

Generous funding provided by:
Bobbie Nau
Gilbert Lloyd, Chairman and CEO, Marlborough International Fine Art Limited
National Endowment for the Arts
Luther King Capital Management
Cyvia G. Wolff