All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

What

What's On
Museums & Galleries

When

28/02/2018 - 27/08/2018

Where

Tate Britain

Millbank, SW1P 4RG

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

28 February – 27 August

Tickets: £19.50, under 12s go free

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

A celebration of the painters in Britain who represented human figures, their relationships and surroundings in very intimate ways.

a&u review

We were in two minds about whether to recommend taking children to this show.

Lucian Freud Tate Francis Bacon

The wall of huge, fleshy Lucian Freud nudes are in-your-face grotesque and the headless Francis Bacons the stuff of nightmare, however brilliant.

That said, there is much to entrance older kids. We think they will enjoy seeing how direct the influence of a teacher or school can be. Compare the formal, life studio paintings of the Coldstream-influenced Slade students (Euan Uglow) with the less traditional classes led by David Bomberg at the Borough Polytechnic (Frank Auerbach et al).

Euan Uglow Auerbach

Georgia - Euan Uglow                                  St Pancras Steps - Frank Auerbach

 

London children will respond to the wonderful room of recognisable buildings by Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach while Kossoff's Children's Swimming Pool in Willesden Green will resonate as a familiar outing. Swimming with dad features again in Michael Andrews' tender portrait of him swimming with his young daughter.

Leon Kossoff Michael Andrews

Children's Swimming Pool, Autumn Afternoon - Leon Kossoff / Melanie and Me Swimming - Michael Andrews

Family and social situations fill the walls here with RB Kitaj and a room devoted to Paula Rego. Unsettling narratives, they will spark further discussion, especially regarding women.

Paul Rego tate britain all too human 

So, our advice - do go with kids (aged 8+). There is too much that is too good to miss, though you may need to whiz through some sections. Don't miss the early Bacon dog and baboon and the FN Souza room.

Francis Bacon dog Francis Bacon FN Souza

Dog / Study of a Baboon - Francis Bacon  / Crucifixion - F N Souza

Book your tickets at tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/all-too-human

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

28 February – 27 August

Tickets: £19.50, under 12s go free

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