Iconic Portraits and Self-Portraits of the Twentieth-Century: Francis Bacon’s Enigmatic Portraits with Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik

Iconic Portraits and Self-Portraits of the Twentieth-Century: Francis Bacon’s Enigmatic Portraits with Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik


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Join an art historian to learn more about portraits and self-portraits and three iconic artists whose oeuvre is shaped by this genre of artistic expression. In this 3-part series, we will focus on three of the most important artists of the twentieth century: Edvard Munch (1863-1944 ), Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), and Francis Bacon (1909-1992), whose works have become canonic images of the art world. We will look at one artist per session. Participants can join for one seminar or for the full series.

This series will present a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the oeuvre of each artist, explaining why the genre of portraiture and self-portraiture has become an important foundation of their art.

In this seminar, we will analyze Francis Bacon's iconic self-portraits and portraits of his close circle of friends, but also of his tormented ‘Screaming Pope’ series. We will explore the meaning of these works, going beyond general interpretations in terms of violence, despair, and hopelessness. We will explore the intimate side of these works and how these impact their viewers. We will go beyond autobiographical information in order to further analyze the impact Bacon’s body of work has on contemporary viewers. We will question the role of portraiture as a genre in art history, but also in our daily lives, opening up a space to consider why painted portraits are still relevant today and how these can impact us, the viewers.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and portraiture, Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik, this interactive seminar will explore the contribution of this genre to art history, but also its impact on the viewers. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation and novel interpretations of the most iconic portraits and self-portraits of the twentieth century and how these have forever changed the history of art.

Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik is an art historian, curator, and writer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She holds an MA in art history from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Amsterdam. For over ten years she has written, lectured, and published in the international field of modern and contemporary art. As a freelance curator, she organized several exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad. Since 2016, she is serving as a member of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA, The Netherlands.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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