Francis Bacon's 'Self-Portrait', 1971, Oil on canvas, and 'Portrait of Michel Leiris', 1976, Oil on canvas feature in the Palazzo Reale exhibition 'The Face of the '900. From Matisse to Bacon. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou', currently on until February 9th 2014, in Milan.
'The Face of the '900. From Matisse to Bacon. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou' showcases 20th century artists who freed themselves from the constraints of portrait painting imposed by their clients, expressively capturing their subjects' innermost self as well as their own artistic intentions, rather than producing flattering portrayals and assertions of social status through a set of perfectly codified signs.
The exhibition displays works from the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris on the theme of the portrait and the self-portrait. Featuring eighty masterpieces by the leading artists of the 20th century, including Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, and Antonio Saura.
For more information, including tickets and museum hours, please see the exhibition website.
'The Face of the '900. From Matisse to Bacon. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou'
September 25th 2013 to February 9th, 2014
Palazzo Reale, piazza Duomo, 12 - 20121 Milan
Word reference: Exhibition website and press release. Please note details are subject to change, please see the exhibition website for further information.