Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné

Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné


June 2016
ISBN 9780956927316
310 x 245 mm
5 Volumes
Hardback Slipcase
1,538 pages
800 illustrations

The entire oeuvre of Francis Bacon’s paintings published by The Estate of Francis Bacon. Sold and distributed by HENI Publishing.

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Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné is a landmark publishing event that presents the entire oeuvre of Bacon’s paintings for the first time and includes many previously unpublished works. The impeccably produced five-volume, slipcased 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.

Containing around 800 illustrations across 1,538 pages within five cloth-bound hardcover volumes, the three volumes that make up the study of Bacon’s entire painting oeuvre are 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 an illustrated bibliography compiled by Krzysztof Cieszkowski. Printed on 170 gsm GardaMatt Ultra stock in Bergamo, Italy at Castelli Bolis, Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné are boxed within a cloth-bound slipcase, and supplied within a bespoke protective shipping carton.

In addition to the 584 paintings, the catalogue will contain illuminating supporting material. This includes sketches by Bacon, photographs of early states of paintings, images of Bacon’s furniture, hand-written notes by the artist, photographs of Bacon, his family and circle, and fascinating x-ray and microscope photography of his paintings.

Several major exhibitions on Bacon are scheduled for 2016 and 2017. Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms runs from 18 May until 18 September 2016 at Tate Liverpool, and from 7 October 2016 until 8 January 2017 at Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. Martin Harrison is the curator of Francis Bacon, Monaco et la culture française which runs at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco from 2 July 2016 until 4 September 2016 and Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez which runs at Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao from 30 September 2016 until 8 January 2017.

About the artist

Francis Bacon was a figurative painter born in Dublin, Ireland known for his emotionally charged raw imagery and fixation on personal motifs. His immense reputation as one of the world’s leading artists has long surpassed his death in 1992.


Martin Harrison is the foremost authority on Francis Bacon. He has curated numerous exhibitions around the world and written widely on art and photography. Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné is the most notable among his many publications, edited in close collaboration with The Estate of Francis Bacon.

Rebecca Daniels is an art historian and a Trustee for the Sidney Nolan Trust.


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