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Francis Bacon

(1909-1992), Painter

Sitter in 43 portraits
Born in Dublin, Bacon left Ireland at the age of sixteen, settling permanently in England in 1928. The painting Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944, Tate) established him as an artist of international importance. Bacon used imagery from sources as diverse as Velasquez, Van Gogh, the cinema, crumpled snapshots and illustrations of disease. Known for his bold, abstracted figurative paintings with their tormented and powerful view of the human condition, Bacon describes them as 'a direct assault on the nervous system.' His international reputation was confirmed by retrospectives at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1963) and Grand Palais, Paris (1971). He is known as one of the twentieth-century's greatest painters.

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Francis Bacon, by Reginald Gray - NPG 5135

Francis Bacon

by Reginald Gray
oil on board, 1960
NPG 5135

Francis Bacon, by Clive Barker - NPG 5844

Francis Bacon

by Clive Barker
gilt bronze mask, 1969
NPG 5844

'Heads', by Peter Gidal - NPG 6827

'Heads'

by Peter Gidal
16mm silent, black and white film, 1969
NPG 6827

Francis Bacon, by John Hedgecoe - NPG P158

Francis Bacon

by John Hedgecoe
platinum print, 1970
NPG P158

Francis Bacon, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(3)

Francis Bacon

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1975
NPG P150(3)

Francis Bacon, by Clare Shenstone - NPG 6424

Francis Bacon

by Clare Shenstone
conté, circa 1982
NPG 6424

Francis Bacon, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5818

Francis Bacon

by Ruskin Spear
oil on board, 1984
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5818

Francis Bacon, by Neil Libbert - NPG P760

Francis Bacon

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1989
NPG P760

Francis Bacon, by Dmitri Kasterine - NPG P1321

Francis Bacon

by Dmitri Kasterine
modern bromide print from original negative, 2009 (1978)
NPG P1321

Francis Bacon, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14018

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1951
NPG x14018

Francis Bacon, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40008

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1951
NPG x40008

John Rothenstein; Francis Bacon, by Herbert K. Nolan - NPG x24190

John Rothenstein; Francis Bacon

by Herbert K. Nolan
bromide print, March 1957
NPG x24190

Francis Bacon, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40010

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, January 1960
NPG x40010

Francis Bacon, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40009

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, January 1960
NPG x40009

Francis Bacon, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski - NPG x13707

Francis Bacon

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x13707

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195471

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
modern bromide contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, May 1971
NPG x195471

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195472

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
modern bromide contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, May 1971
NPG x195472

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195473

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
modern bromide contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, May 1971
NPG x195473

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195474

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
modern bromide contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, May 1971
NPG x195474

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195475

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
modern bromide contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, May 1971
NPG x195475

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195543

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, May 1971
NPG x195543

Francis Bacon, by Francis Goodman - NPG x74757

Francis Bacon

by Francis Goodman
resin print, May 1971
NPG x74757

Francis Bacon; Lucian Freud, by Harry Diamond - NPG x135768

Francis Bacon; Lucian Freud

by Harry Diamond
vintage bromide print, 1974
NPG x135768

Francis Bacon, by Peter Stark - NPG x1530

Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
cibachrome print, 1975
NPG x1530

Francis Bacon, by Peter Stark - NPG x1531

Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
bromide print, 1975
NPG x1531

Francis Bacon, by Peter Stark - NPG x1532

Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
bromide print, 1975
NPG x1532

Muriel Belcher; Francis Bacon, by Peter Stark - NPG x1529

Muriel Belcher; Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
cibachrome print, 1975
NPG x1529

Francis Bacon; Muriel Belcher, by Peter Stark - NPG x1533

Francis Bacon; Muriel Belcher

by Peter Stark
bromide print, 1975
NPG x1533

Francis Bacon, by Mayotte Magnus - NPG x138805

Francis Bacon

by Mayotte Magnus
modern bromide print from original negative, 1977
NPG x138805

Francis Bacon, by Mayotte Magnus - NPG x138806

Francis Bacon

by Mayotte Magnus
modern bromide print from original negative, 1977
NPG x138806

Francis Bacon, by Mayotte Magnus - NPG x138807

Francis Bacon

by Mayotte Magnus
modern bromide print from original negative, 1977
NPG x138807

Francis Bacon, by Daniel Farson - NPG x26413

Francis Bacon

by Daniel Farson
C-type colour print, 1980s
NPG x26413

Francis Bacon, by Jane Bown - NPG x126934

Francis Bacon

by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1983
NPG x126934

Francis Bacon, by Neil Libbert - NPG x136289

Francis Bacon

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1984
NPG x136289

Francis Bacon; Daniel Farson, by Terence Pepper - NPG x135809

Francis Bacon; Daniel Farson

by Terence Pepper
modern bromide print from original negative, 1987
NPG x135809

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Francis Bacon

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1962
NPG P587

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Francis Bacon

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1963
NPG x22403

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Francis Bacon

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1963
NPG x9223

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Francis Bacon

by Michael Pergolani
bromide print, May 1970
NPG x135972

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Francis Bacon

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, July 1970
NPG x184158

Web image not currently available

Francis Bacon

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1975
NPG x24440

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Francis Bacon

by Bruce Bernard
bromide print, 1984
NPG x27588

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