The Estate of Francis Bacon is set to publish the entire oeuvre of the artist’s work for the first time, including 100 previously unpublished paintings, for £1,000 a copy.
Due for global publication on 28th April 2016 – the anniversary of Francis Bacon’s death – the limited edition of Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, will contain over 900 illustrations in five cloth-bound hardcover volumes for £1,000, published by Heni Publishing.
Edited by Martin Harrison, FSA, the "pre-eminent expert" on Bacon’s work, alongside research assistant, Dr. Rebecca Daniels, this project has been 10 years in the making.
It replaces John Rothenstein and Ronald Alley’s 1964 catalogue, Francis Bacon, the only previous catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work, which comprised just 37% of Bacon’s ultimate oeuvre and 27 paintings illustrated in colour.
Bacon is known to have destroyed many of his paintings and only about half of the 584 that survive can be said to be accessible or in circulation; the new catalogue raisonné will include over 100 previously unpublished paintings.
Harrison said: “Irrespective of the care taken in documenting his extant oeuvre, the great revelation of the new catalogue raisonné will be that, for the first time, Bacon’s entire output can be seen and assessed. It will, we believe, have a profound effect on the perception of his paintings.”
Harrison’s first publication on Francis Bacon was Points of Reference (Faggionato Fine Art, 1999). He is the author of In Camera: Francis Bacon - Photography, film and the practice of painting (Thames & Hudson, 2005) and with Rebecca Daniels, Francis Bacon: Incunabula (Thames & Hudson, 2008). In 2009 he edited Francis Bacon – New Studies: Centenary Essays (Steidl), a collection of nine original essays to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the artist.
The three 400-page volumes that make up the study of Bacon’s entire oeuvre in Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, will be bookended by two further 192-page volumes; the former encompassing an introduction, a chronology an index and a user’s guide, and the latter a catalogue of Bacon’s sketches, an illustrated bibliography compiled by Krzysztof Cieszkowski, and acknowledgements.