The Art of Rebellion
One of the most individual, powerful and disturbing artists of all time, Francis Bacon is the ultimate rebel. He dragged centuries of classically rendered ecclesiastic figures from the church and into the underworld, in a way that no one had dreamed of (or dared to) before. His brooding palate and brushwork — alternately sensual and ethereal — is unmistakably his own. No painting before or after Bacon feels quite like a Bacon. The demons of his paintings appear not to have been invented, but released from his soul onto the canvas. He was a rebel not because he wanted to be, but because he had no choice.
Specialist, Head of Evening Sale
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