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Francis Bacon

"What interests me is to capture the appearence of death working on the body."


Notes of biography

Francis Bacon was born in Ireland (Dublin) in 1909.Distanced from his family by his father; he went to London in 1926 and set himself up as an interior decorator. His life became dissolute (drugs, drink, gambling etc.). Then he began to draw and paint.
To far away to attend art school, Francis Bacon taught himself to paint, however, he received guidance from Roy De Maistre. In 1934 he organised his first exhibition at the Transition Gallery but it was unsuccessful. In 1936 he was refused the right to exhibit at the surrealist exhibition. In 1937 he exhibited three of his works along with those of Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Victor Pasmore, who were at that time the pioneers of English painting. Francis Bacon used these years to experiment with the different resources of contemporary painting to gain experience. This enabled him, bit by bit to move towards his own personal obsessive expressions. In 1940 he destroyed almost all of his earlier works. Be it a cage, bidet, mirror, lump of flesh torn away from goodness knows what body; they were all painted from every different angle. His works were all centred on the human shape. From 1944 the artist began to assert himself, and became very violent in his methods of treating the human cry and all things sacred.
It is only after a group exhibition in London in 1945 that his work started to be taken seriously. Between 1945 and 1950 he settled in the South of France, and from 1949 he started exhibiting on a regular basis, with which he went from success to success. Expressed in the form of triptychs and series, Francis Bacons work exhibits human figures - flayed, screaming, disfigured by the anguish of life. The figures are all blood or raw-flesh coloured, they are bent, agitated, doubled-up, rotting from the inside, twisted, deformed and beaten. Bacon got much of his inspiration from the works of the photographer Muybridge, from Picasso, Vlsquez, from magazine photographs and films. He painted in series: Crucifixions, Popes, Van Goghs, ill-defined animals, male nudes, auto portraits, portraits of friends, (Lucien Freud, Michel Leiris, etc.) on which he inflicts horrendous graphics and chromatics, always in the same endeavour of obtaining the perception of the crude and in the heat of the moment .
Moving away from the misleading screens of existence, Francis Bacon is one of the major painters of the 20th century.
He died in Madid, (Spain) in 1992.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • Bacon, logique de la sensation , G. Deleuze, La Diffrence, 1981
  • Francis Bacon, face et profil , M. Leiris, Albin Michel, 1983
  • Bacon, aspects d'une vie , D. Farson, Le Promeneur, 1994
  • Bacon , P. Dagen, Cercle d'Art, 1996
  • Bacon : Monstre de peinture, C. Domino, Dcouvertes Gallimard, 2004
  • Francis Bacon : L'Atelier, M. Cappock, Ed. La bibliothque des arts, 2006
  • Francis Bacon - La chambre noire, Martin Harrison, Ed. Actes Sud, 2006
  • Francis Bacon, M. Gale et C. Stephens, Tate Publisher, 2008
  • Francis Bacon, Martin Hammer, Ed. Phaidon, 2014
  • Francis Bacon : La France et Monaco, Martin Harrison, Ed. Albin Michel, Paris, 2016
To read from the artist :
  • Entretiens avec Francis Bacon , D. Sylvester, Skira, 1996
  • Entretiens avec F. Bacon, M. Archimbaud, Folio-Essai, Ed. Gallimard, 1996
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+ SCHOOL OF LONDON / 1960 / Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, etc.
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