Francis Bacon: The Artist with Catherine Howe

Thu Jun 13 2019 at 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm
2 Willow Road, NW3 1 London, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom

2 Willow Road, NW3 1 London, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom

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In 1926, 16 year old Francis Bacon hastily left his home in rural Ireland to try his luck in London after his father discovered him trying on his mother’s underwear. By the 1940’s Bacon was on his way to becoming one of the most influential and original painters of the 20th century. His innovative and powerful portraits employed themes of crucifixion, torment and isolation reflecting the perennial agony of being human.

In this talk, Dr Catherine Howe will explore the life of the artist taking an in-depth look at Bacon’s pope paintings of the 1950’s. Howe will will address the complexities surrounding their interpretation and Bacon’s influences, touching upon existentialism, surrealism and psychoanalysis, along with the precedents that such works set for the rest of his career.

Tickets £15 including a glass of prosecco. Please visit https://acuriousinvitation.com/bacon.html

Dr Catherine Howe
Catherine Howe is an associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her PhD covered Francis Bacon’s French Influences from Surrealism to Post-structuralism. Her published work includes Francis Bacon’s Dominant Figure, Beautiful Bodies, Figures in Landscape and Queer British Art.


This talk is part of the After Dark series with the National Trust. It takes place at 2 Willow Road, the architect Erno Goldfinger's modernist home in Hampstead. Built in 1939, 2 Willow Road is full of innovative design details that were groundbreaking at the time. It is now maintained by the National Trust and contains Goldfinger's impressive collection of modern art and intriguing personal possessions.
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