Francis Bacon

Picture preview: Lucian Freud drawings

This week an exhibition of British painter Lucian Freud's drawings opens at the Blain|Southern gallery in London, staged to coincide with the major exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery.

Beneath the layers of Bacon

A new exhibition seeks to shed new light on Francis Bacon's working practises and expose the fallacy of the artist's own myth. Matilda Battersby reports.

John Rosser's odyssey with Francis Bacon

A retrospective exhibit, which opens today at Ebury Galleries, called "Sleeping with Francis Bacon" displays the life work of John Rosser. The title alludes to the friendship between Rosser and Francis Bacon and the mystery of a forgotten canvas rather than any clandestine affair. The paintings on display are a mix of oil and watercolours of landscapes, gardens and figures.

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Why a portrait of Francis Bacon terrifies us all

Tonight, Lucian Freud's portrait of his friend Francis Bacon is to be auctioned. The art world hopes it will net £7m, but there are signs the market is stalling. So will the Christie's sale indicate that the global financial crisis is about to get worse?

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Bacon's homage to dead lover sells for £26m

A "unique" painting revealing Francis Bacon's abject grief at the suicide of his lover, George Dyer, sold last night for more than £26m but failed to break the record for the artist's work by £150,000.