PREVIEW: All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, Tate Britain

Tate Britain will explore how artists have managed to capture the experience of life in a landmark exhibition on display from the 28th February 2018. 

Lucian Freud, Sleeping by the lion carpet 1996. Private collection (c)The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images. 

Showcasing over 100 works, All Too Human will examine how artists such as Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon managed to capture personal and immediate experiences and events.

As well as the work of Freud and Bacon at the centre of the exhibition, All Too Human will also feature the work  by Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and many others to make a connection between generations of artists and tell an expanded story of figurative painting in the 20th century.

The display will feature groups of major and rarely seen works by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, to offer visitors a chance to explore the work of these artists properly. Highlights will include Frank Auerbach 1975-6, Sleeping by the Lion Carpet 1996,  Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne 1966 and Study after Velazquez 1950.

By looking at the work of previous generations, Tate Britain’s exhibition will show how this spirit in painting had been pursued by artists like Walter Sickert and Chaïm Soutine – key precedents for portraying an intimate, subjective and tangible reality as well as the work of female artists and their role in the traditionally male dominated field of figurative painting.

The exhibition is curated by Elena Crippa, Curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art, and Laura Castagnini, Assistant Curator.

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life will be on display at Tate Britain from the 28th February until the 27th August 2018. For more information visit:



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