Britain

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud returned to the academic tradition of figure painting—but with wholly different goals.

1945 - 1980

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Sheltered by the sea, Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos
Sheltered by the sea, Barbara Hepworth’s Pelagos

Sheltered by the sea, a study in place and feeling

Describing what you see: Sculpture, Henry Moore’s <em>Reclining Figure</em>
Describing what you see: Sculpture, Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure

Describing is a key skill for art historians and for any museum visitor. Learn how.

Lucian Freud, <em>Standing by the Rags</em>
Lucian Freud, Standing by the Rags

Freud’s nude isn’t the idealized, horizontal beauty of previous centuries, but a forthright, vertical one.

Francis Bacon, <em>Triptych – August 1972</em>
Francis Bacon, Triptych – August 1972

Coping with the death of his lover, Bacon paints figures who decompose and fuse together in front of our eyes.