Francis Bacon 1903 - 1992


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Francis Bacon : "Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X"     Man in Blue III, 1954      Portrait of Lucian Freud, 1951     Landscape after Van Gogh, 1952      Study for Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1964


Francis Bacon: (1909-1992), was one of the best-known British artists in the mid 1900's.

Tragic figure

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


Portrait, 1949      Pope III (Pope with Fan Canopy),1951  Oil on canvas, 78 x 54 in - Destroyed -     Study of a Nude, 1952-53      Interior of a Room, appr. 1935     Study from Innocent X, 1962

Gouache, 1929 Lying Figure in a Mirror, 1971 Figures in a Garden, 1936 Man Drinking, 1955 Crucifixion, 1933 Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh V, 1957 Self-portrait Painting (head of man), 1950 Head VI, 1949 Oil on canvas, 36.75 x 30.25 in


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