The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation supports an exhibition at the musée national Fernand Léger


The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation supports the exhibition ’FACE TO FACE. FERNAND LÉGER AND HIS FRIENDS’ presented from 14 April to 17 September 2018 at the musée national Fernand Léger in Biot, on the French Riviera.

The musée national Fernand Léger is pursuing its exploration of Léger’s relationships, both personal and artistic, with other artists of the time. By placing works from the museum’s collection in dialogue with a selection of works created by major painters and sculptors of the European avant-garde, the exhibition reveals the mutual influences between Léger’s work and that of his contemporaries, in the context of the artistic hot bed of the early 20th century.

The meaning of the term “friend” has been enlarged to embrace the question of Fernand Léger’s legacy; his work, in fact, became a rich source of inspiration for major artists of the second half of the 20th century such as Roy Lichtenstein or Francis Bacon. Despite generational differences, these artists established a strong link, both intellectual and aesthetic, with their famous predecessor.

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation takes part in this exhibition alongside the Musée National d’Art moderne in Paris, the Villa Arson in Nice, the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

On this occasion our institution is lending Bacon’s first known work entitled ‘Watercolour’ (1929) and a rare rug designed by the British artist and dating from his short career as an interior and furniture designer at the turn of the 1930s.

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© François Fernandez

© François Fernandez

Francis Bacon, ‘Watercolour’ (1929)