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Francis Bacon

(1909-1992), Painter

Sitter in 46 portraits
Dublin-born Bacon left Ireland at the age of sixteen, settling permanently in England in 1928. The work 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, old 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).

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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

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Francis Bacon

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1962
NPG P587

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Francis Bacon

by John Hedgecoe
platinum print, 1970
NPG P158

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Francis Bacon

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

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Francis Bacon

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1989
NPG P760

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Francis Bacon

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1963
NPG x22403

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Francis Bacon

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1963
NPG x9223

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Alberto Giacometti; Francis Bacon

by Graham Keen
modern bromide print from original negative, July 1965
NPG x199752

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Francis Bacon

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

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Francis Bacon

by Michael Pergolani
bromide print, May 1970
NPG x135972

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Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
cibachrome print, 1975
NPG x1530

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Francis Bacon

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1975
NPG x24440

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Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
bromide print, 1975
NPG x1531

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Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
bromide print, 1975
NPG x1532

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Muriel Belcher; Francis Bacon

by Peter Stark
cibachrome print, 1975
NPG x1529

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Francis Bacon; Muriel Belcher

by Peter Stark
bromide print, 1975
NPG x1533

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