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

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

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Francis Bacon, ‘Three Figures and Portrait’ 1975
Francis Bacon
Three Figures and Portrait 1975
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© Estate of Francis Bacon
Paula Rego Bride 1994 Tate Purchased 1995 © Paula Rego

Paula Rego, Bride 1994. Tate Purchased 1995 © Paula Rego

Francis Bacon Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud 1964 Private Collection

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud 1964. Private Collection

Lucian Freud Man's Head (Self-Portrait I) 1963 Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK) © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Lucian Freud, Man's Head (Self-Portrait I) 1963. Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK) © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Coterie Of Questions 2015 Private Collection

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Coterie Of Questions 2015. Private Collection

Francis Bacon, ‘Figure in a Landscape’ 1945
Francis Bacon
Figure in a Landscape 1945
Tate
© Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018
R.B. Kitaj The Wedding 1989-93 Tate Presented by the artist 1993

R.B. Kitaj, The Wedding 1989-93. Tate Presented by the artist 1993

Walter Richard Sickert Nuit d'Été c.1906 Private Collection Ivor Braka Ltd.

Walter Richard Sickert, Nuit d'Été c.1906. Private Collection Ivor Braka Ltd.

Michael Andrews, Melanie and Me Swimming 1978-9. Tate Purchased 1979

Michael Andrews, Melanie and Me Swimming 1978-9. Tate Purchased 1979

F.N. Souza Mr Sebastian 1955 Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi, India)

F.N. Souza, Mr Sebastian 1955. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi, India)

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28 February – 27 August 2018

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