The second Tate Gallery retrospective
in London

On 22 May 1985, Bacon is granted a second retrospective at the Tate Gallery. It is a rare accolade for a living artist to be honoured twice with major exhibitions at the Tate.

One hundred and twenty-five of Bacon’s paintings are shown. His international reputation as Britain’s greatest living figurative artist is now assured.

Bacon, with Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller, on the opening day of his Tate Retrospective on 21 May 1985.
Photo and © John Minihan
MB Art Collection
Francis Bacon at the Tate Gallery, London (1985)
Photo and © John Minihan
MB Art Collection