Francis Bacon in Monaco

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Monte-Carlo Casino

Being a seasoned gambler, Bacon was a regular client of the Casino.

Postcard from Francis Bacon's studio, 1972

Bacon discussing his gambling sessions at Monte Carlo
Casino with David Sylvester

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“[…] I always feel with a little clever manipulation the Casino would buy our pictures.”

Bacon writing to Graham and Kathleen Sutherland
from Hôtel Ré, 30 December 1946

Hôtel Ré 3 Avenue Saint-Charles

Hôtel Ré was Bacon’s first official residence when he moved to Monaco in 1946. He lived there from 5 July 1946 to 1947, with his nanny Jessie Lightfoot and companion Eric Hall.

Hôtel Ré, Monte Carlo, 1940s

Façade in 2011

Bacon's first attempt at the Velázquez Pope iconography was initiated at Hôtel Ré. The Velázquez Pope haunted and obsessed Bacon for years afterwards, leading him to produce over 50 variations on the subject.

“I am working on 3 sketches of the Velázquez portrait of Pope Innocent II [sic].”

Bacon writing to Graham Sutherland
from Hôtel Ré, 19 October 1946

Villa Souka-Hati
Blvd des Bas-Moulins (now Av Princesse Grace)

Bacon lived at Villa Souka-Hati with Jessie Lightfoot and Eric Hall from 6 October 1947 to 6 October 1948, and remained a resident of the Villa with Jessie Lightfoot until 4 November 1949.

The Villa was demolished in 1976.

Façade of Villa Souka-Hati, Monte Carlo, c. 1950

West wing of Villa Souka-Hati, Monte Carlo, 1950s

Villa Souka-Hati viewed from Larvotto Beach, Monaco, c. 1970

Site of Villa Souka-Hati, Monte Carlo, 2011

“I am at the moment working on some heads which I like better than any I have done before.”

Bacon writing to Arthur Jeffress from Souka-Hati

Café de Paris

Bacon was a regular customer at the Café de Paris.

Café de Paris, Monte Carlo, 1980s
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Hôtel de Paris

In the 1950s Bacon used to be seen dining with Graham Sutherland at Hôtel de Paris.

Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo, c. 1950

Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo, c. 1980

Hôtel Hermitage

Hôtel Hermitage, Square Beaumarchais, Monte Carlo, 1980s

Bacon outside Hôtel Hermitage, 1984

Hôtel Balmoral 12 Avenue de la Costa

Bacon was a regular resident at Hôtel Balmoral from 1974 to the late 1980s.

Hôtel Balmoral, Monte Carlo

Hôtel Balmoral, Monte Carlo

Photograph taken from room 681 by Bacon or John Edwards, 1986

Photograph taken from room 681 by Bacon or John Edwards, 1986

 

Villa Frontalière Les Révoires Supérieures

Bacon rented Villa Frontalière from late 1949 to the early 1950s.

He rented most of the Villa and had his studio on the top floor.

Doorway of Villa Frontalière (photo dating of the 1970s) before its renovation by the Bergonzi Family, current owner

Villa Frontalière, 2011

Bacon talking about Villa Frontalière

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“I have found a villa with what I hope will be a wonderful room to work in at the top of the house with windows all around […]”

Bacon writing to Erica Brausen from Villa Frontalière

Villa Minerve 2 Avenue de la Costa

From 1947 Bacon lived at Villa Minerve with Jessie Lightfoot and Eric Hall.

Villa Minerve, 2011
© MB Art Collection

“I have a painting for you of Monte Carlo […] if you should care for it I would love you to have it.”

Bacon writing to Colin Anderson from Villa Minerve

Monte-Carlo Casino Gardens

Francis Bacon, Monte-Carlo Casino Gardens, 1986

Francis Bacon in the Casino gardens, photographed by John Edwards, 1986
MB Art Collection

Le Chatham “Rosie’s” Bar 11 Avenue d’Ostende

Bacon was a regular customer of Le Chatham bar in the 1980s.

Le Chatham “Rosie’s” bar

Michael R. Hewett: “Rosie’s” bar

Tony Applewhite: Inside the bar, 1980s or early 1990s

Tony Applewhite: Inside the bar, 1980s or early 1990s

View from terrace of Trocadero residence
Square Marcel Pagnol, Place des Moulins

Photograph of Bacon taken by John Edwards, 1986

Square Marcel Pagnol in 2013

Monte-Carlo Casino Gardens

Eddy Batache: Reinhard Hassert and Francis Bacon, Monte-Carlo Casino Gardens, 1981

Reinhard Hassert and Francis Bacon, 1981