Tate Britain Exhibition

All Too Human Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

Lucian Freud Leigh Bowery 1991 Tate © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Lucian Freud, Leigh Bowery 1991 Tate © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Capturing the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint

All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

I want the paint to work as flesh does.
Lucian Freud, 2009

The exhibition also shows how this spirit in painting was fostered by the previous generation, from Walter Sickert to David Bomberg, and how contemporary artists continue to express the tangible reality of life through paint.

[I want to portray the] sensation of a page torn from the book of life
Walter Sickert, 1910

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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28 February – 27 August 2018

In partnership with

Supported by

The All Too Human Exhibition Supporters Circle

The Garcia Family Foundation
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert
Victoria Miro
Robert and Matthew Travers, PIANO NOBILE (Works of Art) Limited

Tate International Council

Tate Patrons

and Tate Members


Brutal, tender and bizarre, this is life, not art

The Guardian

Here are works of art that truly matter, in their humanity, courage, feeling, truth. Whatever it is that makes art profound, Kossoff and Auerbach, Rego and Andrews, Bacon and Freud have it. They are the true heroes of modern British art

Jonathan Jones

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