The Estate of Francis Bacon has announced that Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné will be published globally on 30 June 2016. Presenting the entire oeuvre of the artist’s work, the impeccably produced limited edition, published by The Estate of Francis Bacon and edited by Martin Harrison assisted by Dr Rebecca Daniels, will contain around 800 illustrations across 1,538 pages within five cloth-bound hardcover volumes.
It replaces Rothenstein/Alley’s Francis Bacon 1964 catalogue, the only previous catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work, which comprised just 37% of Bacon’s ultimate oeuvre and 27 paintings illustrated in colour.
Bacon is known to have destroyed many of his paintings and only about half of the 584 that have survived can be said to be accessible or in circulation; it is testimony to Harrison’s exacting and expert work that the new catalogue raisonné will include many previously unpublished paintings.
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