The first Tate Gallery
retrospective in London

On 24 May, Bacon has his first retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery which comprises ninety-two paintings. For this show, the artist paints a series of works including Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962). The Times’ art critic heralds Bacon’s show as “the most brilliant exhibition by a British living artist since the war”.

On the opening day of the show Bacon receives a telegram informing him of the death, the previous day, of his companion Peter Lacy, in Tangier. Lacy is to remain the one great love in Bacon’s life.

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962)
Tate Gallery exhibition, London (1962)
Photo and © Cathy Cunliffe
Tate Gallery exhibition catalogue (1962)
MB Art Collection