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Francis Bacon and his circle

Weekend-long art history and theory course

Short course

  • 19 March 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 20 March 2022, 10am — 5pm
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Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

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John Deakin, Francis Bacon in front of a door (detail), c. 1967.

© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2021.

This two-day art history weekend – held onsite at the Royal Academy – explores the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most important artists, Francis Bacon.

This course offers participants an in-depth insight into Francis Bacon and his work, via lectures, talks and exhibition visits from leading art historians and experts.

The weekend unpacks many of the ideas and themes from the Royal Academy’s exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, evaluating Bacon’s fascination with human and animal forms. Furthermore, we look at biographical elements of the artist’s life: his travels, his relationships and his myriad reading materials and influences, to gain a deeper understanding of the artist himself and the incredible work he created.

The course explores Bacon in relation to literature, philosophy, sexuality and gender; as well as taking a biographical approach and revealing his relationship to other great artists of the period, including a dedicated lecture on his relationship with the British painter, and one time RA Schools student, Isabel Rawsthorne.

The course will include a visit to the Francis Bacon: Man and Beast exhibition, a virtual visit to Bacon’s Kensington Studio (now in Dublin) and numerous opportunities for debate and discussion – although no prior knowledge is required.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 19 March 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 20 March 2022, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts