MADRID – Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe will on Monday open a retrospective of over 60 works by British artist Francis Bacon at the Prado museum in Madrid, the city where he died at the age of 82.
Prado director Miguel Zugaza said displaying the paintings by Bacon – known for his depictions of twisted forms, mottled flesh and screaming mouths – had an "extraordinary emotional charge" because of his links to the city.
The show will run until 19 April and includes archival documents found in his tiny studio after his 1992 death.
During his frequent visits to Madrid, Bacon was a regular visitor to the Prado where he especially liked to admire works by Spanish masters Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez, said the show’s curator, Manuela Mena.
"He would ask for the doors to be opened on the days when the museum was closed so as to be able to study the works," she said.
As an example of the influence of the Spanish masters on Bacon’s work, the exhibit highlights his numerous paintings that were inspired by Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X.
The retrospective was first held at London’s Tate museum between 11 September and 4 January. After closing at the Prado it will be staged at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art between 18 May and 16 August.
[AFP / Expatica]