30 June saw the long-awaited global publication of 'Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné'. A landmark publishing event which presents for the first time ever the entire oeuvre of Bacon’s paintings, including many previously unpublished works.
The publication containing each of Bacon’s 584 paintings, has been edited by Martin Harrison, FSA, the pre-eminent expert on Bacon’s work, alongside research assistant Dr Rebecca Daniels. An ambitious and painstaking project that has been ten years in the making, this seminal visual document eclipses in scope any previous publication on the artist and will have a profound effect on the perception of his work.
“It will enable people to see what Bacon actually painted rather than what people think he painted.” - Martin Harrison, author of the 'Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné'
800 illustrations across 1,538 pages are contained within five cloth-bound hardcover volumes. Three volumes make up the study of Bacon’s entire painting oeuvre, bookended by two further volumes: the former including an introduction and a chronology, and the latter a catalogue of Bacon’s sketches, an index, and a bibliography. Printed on 170 gsm GardaMatt Ultra stock in Bergamo, Italy at Castelli Bolis, the five volumes are boxed within a cloth-bound slipcase.
“It’s a thrill and pleasure seeing over 300 paintings hardly known to the public.” - Majid Boustany, founder of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation
In addition to the 584 paintings, the catalogue contains illuminating supporting material. This includes sketches by Bacon, photographs of early states of paintings, images of Bacon’s furniture, handwritten notes by the artist, photographs of Bacon, his family and circle, and x-ray and microscopic photography of his paintings.
To order your copy of 'Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné' please visit Heni Publishing’s website.
Word ref: Martin Harrison and Majid Boustany as quoted in the Financial Times' 'How to spend it' article.