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Getty Museum Reunites ‘School of London’ for Exhibit

Includes works of art from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and other modern masters

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From July 26 to November 13, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is set to put on a masterclass of 20th-century contemporary art, featuring the leaders of the so-called “School of London” movement. Named by expat American painter R.B. Kitaj, the movement—centering on “figurative art,” or that which has strong reference points to human figures or real-life landscapes—had its beginnings in 1976 at the Hayward Gallery in London. Artists lumped into the “school” include Kitaj, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and Leon Kossoff. Preview some of the masterworks from the “London Calling” exhibit below. For more information on it, click here.

London Calling Exhibit
Lucian Freud, ‘Boy Smoking,’ 1950-51 (© Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Copyright Service/© Tate, London 2016)
London Calling Exhibit
Lucian Freud, ‘Leigh Bowery,’ 1991 (© Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Copyright Service/© Tate, London 2016
London Calling Exhibit
Leon Kossoff, ‘Two Seated Figures No. 2, 1980’ (© Leon Kossoff/© Tate, London 2016)
London Calling Exhibit
Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne,’ 1966 (© The Estate of Francis Bacon/All rights reserved/ DACS, London/ARS, NY 2016/© Tate, London 2016)
London Calling Exhibit
Frank Auerbach, ‘Self-Portrait,’ 1958 (© Frank Auerbach, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art)
London Calling exhibit
R.B. Kitaj, ‘Cecil Court, London W.C.2. [The Refugees],’ 1983-84 (© R.B. Kitaj Estate, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art/© Tate, London 2016)
London Calling Exhibit
Michael Andrews, ‘Melanie and Me Swimming,’ 1978-79 (© the Estate of Michael Andrews, Courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London/© Tate, London 2016)