All Too Human – Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life – Tate Britain

All Too Human

28 February – 27 August 2018

Tate Britain
London

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 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

Lucian Freud, Man's Head (Self-Portrait I) 1963. Whitworth Art Gallery - All Too Human Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life (Manchester, UK) © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images
Lucian Freud, Man’s Head (Self-Portrait I) 1963. Whitworth Art Gallery – All Too Human Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life (Manchester, UK) © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

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

Walter Richard Sickert, Nuit d'Été c.1906. Private Collection Ivor Braka Ltd. - All Too Human Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life
Walter Richard Sickert, Nuit d’Été c.1906. Private Collection Ivor Braka Ltd. – All Too Human Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life

The unmissable superstar line-up includes works by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville and Paula Rego to name a few.

More information: tate.org.uk

R.B. Kitaj, The Wedding 1989-93. Tate Presented by the artist 1993 - All Too Human
R.B. Kitaj, The Wedding 1989-93. Tate Presented by the artist 1993 – All Too Human
Paula Rego, Bride 1994. Tate Purchased 1995 © Paula Rego - All Too Human
Paula Rego, Bride 1994. Tate Purchased 1995 © Paula Rego – All Too Human
Francis Bacon Figure in a Landscape 1945 © Tate - All Too Human
Francis Bacon Figure in a Landscape 1945 © Tate – All Too Human
Jenny Saville - All Too Human
Jenny Saville – All Too Human