Posted By Tom on September 15, 2014
From Fri 19th September to Monday 3rd November at 14 Broad Street Oxford
In an exciting new venture, Aidan Meller Galleries is proud to announce an exclusive exhibition of modern art from the School of London.
Shocking to some of their day, and too conservative for others, the work of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and R. B. Kitaj is now among the most sought-after art in the world. Indeed, in 2013, Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for $142.4m, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. This show presents unique works and original lithographs, offering an accessible introduction to these prestigious artists.
It was Kitaj, one of his generation’s most daring and intellectually accomplished artists, who coined the term ‘School of London’ when presenting a 1976 exhibition of the artists’ work. The term reflects the artists’ social connections, but masks great differences as much as it reflects a common artistic purpose.
In different ways, all three artists bucked the trend towards abstract art coming out of the USA. Bacon, Freud and Kitaj reinvented figurative art as something daring, contentious and distinctively European.
This show, marking the launch of a new department at Aidan Meller, is a chance to enjoy the ideas and techniques that bind the School of London together, but also the qualities that make its artists so compelling and singular.
Above, original drawing by Lucian Freud. Browse works from the exhibition here.
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