Francis BaconMan on a Sofa c.1957-61

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Artwork details

Artist
Francis Bacon (1909‑1992)
Title
Man on a Sofa
Date c.1957-61
MediumOil paint on paper
Dimensionssupport: 254 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
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
Reference
T07382
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T07382

Ink on white wove paper
253 x 189 (10 x 7 7/16)
Watermarked ‘Telelinen | BRITISH MADE | NO 1 MILL’ upside down across centre
Purchased from Paul Danquah and Peter Pollock with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and a group of anonymous donors in memory of Mario Tazzoli, 1998

Provenance:
Acquired from the artist (by 1961)

Exhibited:
Francis Bacon: Working on Paper, Tate Gallery, London, February-April 1999 (35, reproduced in colour)

Literature:
Matthew Gale, ‘Points of Departure’, in Francis Bacon: Working on Paper, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.32

Bacon used black ink to draw, with extreme brevity, the man sitting amongst piles of cushions on converging sofas. Few details are secured in a process which one critic has suggested achieved ‘an oriental sense of economy’… (read more)

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