Flesh and Bone

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Host: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology
Location: Special exhibition galleries on the Third Floor, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH

12 Sep 2013 to 19 Jan 2014
This major exhibition brings together works by two giants of 20th-century western art renowned for creating unforgettable images of the human figure. With over 60 works on display – some of them rarely seen in public – this show will present Bacon’s paintings alongside Moore’s sculptures and drawings to reveal surprising parallels in the work of these two great artists.

Despite working in different media, Bacon and Moore were exhibited together from the end of the Second World War into the 1960s. This new exhibition aims to bring a fresh perspective to these two artists, highlighting the important influences and experiences which they shared and exploring specific themes in their work. Bacon, regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, was fascinated by sculpture and his art is fundamentally sculptural in the way in which, uniquely amongst major modern painters, he evokes three dimensional figures in space. Moore internationally renowned for his sculptures, was an excellent draughtsman and the exhibition includes a group of the poignant shelter drawings that first brought him fame as a war artist in the early 1940s.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue including essays by the exhibition curators, Richard Calvocoressi and Martin Harrison, and Francis Warner, Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford. It is available at £25 at the Ashmolean Shop or online.

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