This closing picture one of 29 paintings on show at tate liverpool depicts a body part a gross truncation bereft of torso and head. The aim of this website is to provide an ever expanding fund of information on francis bacon s art and life.
A signed silkscreen of galerie maeght lelong artwork by artist francis bacon british 1909 1992 signed.
Francis bacon artist signature. Among his signature motifs were screaming and disfigured heads grappling homosexual lovers and flanks of meat. As of november 2017 this website now contains reference images and information on all 584 numbered works published in francis bacon. Catalogue raisonné 2016 including the exhibition history of each painting the paintings can be viewed by decade or freely searched.
In the first place he was writing in the early 17th century in something of a philosophical vacuum so far as england was concerned. Francis bacon 28 october 1909 28 april 1992 was an irish born english figurative painter known for his raw unsettling imagery. The last great english philosopher william of ockham had died in 1347 two and a half centuries before the advancement of learning.
Francis bacon 1909 1992 was an irish figurative painter influenced in his earlier years by picasso and surrealism whose unique expressionist style of painting which emerged during the 1950s featured pictures of people screaming or in pain often portrayed inside bathrooms or cages. Francis bacon was a dominant figure of postwar art and his canvases remain unmistakable for their contorted emotion and visceral physicality. Francis bacon francis bacon thought and writings.
Rejecting various classifications of his work bacon claimed. A phrase from section 2 a game of chess exactly epitomises study of the human body 1982. The waste land was one of francis bacon s favourite poems.
Among his signature motifs were screaming and disfigured heads grappling homosexual lovers and flanks of meat and his style is characterized by its flat backgrounds and sense of motion derived from the frequent use of photography and film stills as sources for portraiture. Bacon appears as an unusually original thinker for several reasons. Great condition but please check the condition of art and all aspects of the art closely before making a decision because no refund will be issued.
The late career painting standing 6 5 by 4 8 feet features john edward bacon s confidant rendered in the artist s signature style that hovers between figuration and abstraction. As a snail leaves its slime he once said. Focusing on the human form his subjects included crucifixions portraits of popes self portraits and portraits of close friends with abstracted figures sometimes isolated in geometrical structures.
Bottom right corner of the artwork drawing on signed condition report. And other withered stumps of time were told upon the walls. Carrying an impressive provenance the work has never before come to auction and hails from a private collection in chicago the second of just two owners in the work s history.
Bacon memorably described the gaunt figure in vincent van gogh s the painter on the road to tarascon 1888 as a phantom of the road two journeys to south africa but especially the painter on the road to tarascon triggered fundamental changes in bacon s work in the 1950s. Francis bacon was a dominant figure.