Francis Bacon: The Painter

In Art on November 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

A general warning: This man is not to be confused with the philosopher Francis Bacon who once said, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested…”  Although I do find Sir Francis Bacon from the late 1500’s to be most intriguing he is not our topic.  Consider yourself warned.

gma-4708Born October 28, 1909 Francis Bacon, is an Irish-born British painter.  Francis is best known for his grotesque, nightmarish figurative paintings.  His work is dark and mysterious and will leave the on-looker intrigued and maybe even disturbed.   History proves that Francis was always pushing the envelope, even as a small child he would cause an uproar by dressing up as a woman at his parents parties. 

Painting 1946When asked about this painting during an interview, Francis Bacon said “It came to me as an accident. I was attempting to make a bird alighting on a field. And it may have been bound up in some way with the three forms that had gone before, but suddenly the line that I had drawn suggested something totally different and out of this suggestion arose this picture. I had no intention to do this picture; I never thought of it in that way. It was like one continuous accident mounting on top of another.

His career began in the 1930’s and continued all the way up to Francis’ death in 1992.  Today his paintings sell for hundreds of millions of dollars and when you set your eyes on his work you will not be surprised.  If you wish to get a more visual representative of this incredible man’s life you can watch the 1998 flick Love is the Devil.  




Mark your 2009 calendars, or keep your eye out for the exhibit to appear on Magnet’s weekly calendar, for the Francis Bacon Exhibit: A Centenary Retrospective in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Metropolitan Museum is the exhibits last stop and will be in the city until August.


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