Francis Bacon
Man on a Bed c.1957–61

Artwork details

Francis Bacon 1909–1992
Man on a Bed
Date c.1957–61
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 254 x 190 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and a group of anonymous donors in memory of Mario Tazzoli 1998
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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These six sheets come from a small sketchbook which was probably used by Bacon at the same time as the spiral bound sketchbook which dominates the display. Limited to pencil and black oil paint, the more modest results remain consistent with the artist's use of drawings to log ideas. The pair of sketches, 'Cross-legged Figures with Arms Raised', show him testing the pose in different ways and possibly practising the fluidity of forms. The pencil drawing, 'Seated Woman', in which the head has been shifted from full-face to profile, relates fairly accurately to the 1961 canvas of that title, which only differs in using the setting of 'Man on a Sofa'.

September 2004

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