Francis Bacon (Irish, 1909 – 1990)

The monsters turning into silk…

Francis Bacon
painter
Surrealism, Cubism, Expressionism
Francis Bacon was an Irish figurative painter known for his bold, grotesque, emotionally charged, raw imagery. He is best known for his depictions of popes, crucifixions and portraits of close friends.
Born: 28 October 1909, Dublin, Ireland 
Died: April 28, 1992, Madrid, Spain

During his last interview, Bacon described his childhood as something cold and hard, like a block of ice. Bacon was asthmatic. He grew up in a horse farm, because of his father’s profession… Imagine a child with fragile lungs like his trying to live in such an environment. Little Francis, basically, was gasping his way through life! A life changing experience like this, dramatically  influenced Bacon and his work. The air seems to have been sucked out his paintings, his characters are asphyxiating.

His first encounter with art was in Paris back in 1928. He fell in love with the city and Parisian Art. After attending an exhibition of Picasso taking place at the time in the French capital, he decided to try painting himself!

The loves of his life, Peter, Henrietta, Paris, Berlin, London, George, John, alcohol, masochism, his secret places, and above all Painting!

Francis Bacon was the loudest, rudest, drunkest, most sought-after British artist of the 20th century. Twenty-five years after his death, his canvases regularly exceed £40 million at auction. Bacon’s appeal is rooted in his notoriety – a candid image he presented of himself as Roaring Boy, Lord of Misrule and Conveyor of Artistic Violence. This was true enough, but only part of the truth. He carefully cultivated the facade, protecting the complex and haunted man behind the myth. In this unique, compelling film, those who knew him speak freely, some for the first time, to reveal the many mysteries of Francis Bacon.

 

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