Bacon at the Tate

This item appears on page 20 of the May 2008 issue.

The Elizabethan philosopher Sir Francis Bacon said, in 1605, “Knowledge is Power.” More than 300 years later, his collateral descendant Francis Bacon (1909-1992) would translate his own knowledge of a war-torn 20th century into powerful paintings that some critics have called “bold, grotesque, nightmarish.”

To honor the latter’s centenary year, London’s Tate Britain (Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, U.K.; phone 020 7887 8888, is holding an exhibition of Bacon’s works, the first major retrospective in London in over 20 years, Sept. 11, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009. Admission free.