The Guardian reveals that the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné, which will be published next Spring, will contain revelations about the artist’s extant work:
The Francis Bacon estate has now completed the artist’s catalogue raisonné and will publish it next spring to coincide with the anniversary of his death in April 1992.
Bacon destroyed many of his paintings and only about half of the 584 that survive are accessible or in circulation.
“The stuff that has been written about Bacon, some good and much of it less good, is based on about a third of his work,” said the art historian Martin Harrison, who has spent the last decade attempting to track down every work.
“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.” […]
Heni Publishing will release the catalogue on 28 April in five cloth-bound volumes, three with the paintings and two with an introduction and bibliography. Printed in Italy it will cost £1,000.