Triptych inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus

Signature: Signed

About Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon was a dominant figure of postwar art, and his canvases remain unmistakable for their contorted emotion and visceral physicality. “I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime,” he once said. 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. Mostly self-taught, Bacon nonetheless drew influence from an impossibly wide range of artists, from Vincent van Gogh, Eadweard Muybridge, and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, to Rembrandt, Masaccio, Titian, and especially Diego Velázquez, making explicit visual references to many of their works in his paintings. His lasting influence can be seen in particular among Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst, Jenny Saville, and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

British, 1909-1992, Dublin, Ireland

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
2015
2014
School of London, Galerie Koch, Hannover

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
School of London, Galerie Koch, Hannover

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Bacon and Freud: Graphics Works, Marlborough London, London
2016
Four Print Masters, Marlborough Gallery, New York
2016
Presence, Atrium Gallery, Saint Louis
2016
Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
2015
Summer Show 2015, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
2015
La Peregrina, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2015
2014
View/ Review: Contemporary Masters, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
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