one of the best-known British artists in the mid 1900's.
Bacon's paintings show man as a tragic figure. His twisted, tormented
figures portray man as a physical and mental cripple. Several of his
paintings show a blurred face screaming out in hysteria.
Bacon and Velazquez
Others show men in a state of fear and futility or about too be excuted.
Bacon often uses thin, pale coloring which heightens the tragic theme.
His study After Velazquez: Portrait of Pope Innocent X.
Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland. He had almost no formal education.
His art was pratically unknown until 1945. He destroyed most of his
early works because he thought they were not good.
The Bacon's works of art
§ "Painting" oil on canvas 1946 The Museum of Modern Art New York
§ "Head VI" Oil on canvas 1949 Arts Council of Great Britain London
§ "Study for Crouching" Oil and sand on canvas 1952 The Detroit
Institute of Arts
§ "Study After Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X" Oil on canvas
1953 Des Moines Art Center Iowa
§ "Man with Dog" Oil on canvas 1953 Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo
§ "Self Portrait" Oil on canvas 1971 Musee National d'Art Moderne Centre
Georges Pompidou, Paris