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Freud and Bacon’s graphic works to be exhibited at Marlborough London

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Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1989, lithograph, 115.6 × 76.8 cm, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / DACS 2016

Marlborough Graphics is set to open an exhibition featuring prints by leading figurative artists and friends Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

Opening on 18 January at Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London, the exhibition addresses the very different approaches of the two men to printmaking. Bacon’s prints are based on a selection of 35 paintings made by the artist from 1955 – 1991. As Marlborough’s director Frankie Rossi explains: “Bacon wanted his prints to look as close to his paintings as possible – his attention to detail and desire for perfection are evident in these works. Prints were produced under his supervision and he personally made changes to proofs when necessary, always ensuring the right colour balance was achieved.”

While Freud’s first etching was made in Paris in 1946, the artist’s most significant graphic output was during the 90s. With the exception of two, all of Freud’s etchings were made without colour, with notably simple backgrounds. Marlborough Graphics boasts one of the largest collections of Freud etchings globally.

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Francis Bacon, Seated Figure 1977, 1991, aquatint, edition of 90, 163 × 119 cm, 134 × 98.4 cm, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved/DACS 2016

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Francis Bacon, Study for Self Portrait, 1982, offset lithograph, edition of 182, 94 × 65 cm, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved/DACS 2016

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Francis Bacon, Triptych in Memory of George Dyer, 1971 (left hand panel), offset lithograph, edition of 200, 85.6 × 61 cm, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved/DACS 2016

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Francis Bacon, Triptych 1983, 1983, a set of three lithographs, edition of 180, 86.7 × 60.6 cm (each), © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved/DACS 2016

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Francis Bacon, Studies for Self-Portrait, 1991, lithograph, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved/DACS 2016

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Blond Girl, 1985, etching, 89 × 72 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Eli, 2002, etching, edition of 46, 77 × 96 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Girl Sitting, 1987, etching, 60.5 × 77.4 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Head and Shoulders of a Girl, 1990, etching, edition of 50, 78 × 63.5 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Kai, 1991-2, etching, 79.3 × 63.5 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Self Portrait: Reflection, 1996, etching, edition of 46, 59.4 × 42.7 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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The Painter’s Mother, 1982, etching, edition of 25, 27.3 × 21 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Woman Sleeping, 1995, etching, edition of 36, 82 × 67.5 cm, Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

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Woman with an Arm Tattoo, 1996, etching on paper, 59.6 × 81.6 cm, Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images