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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. After first coming to notice as an interior designer, 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. He described his images of tortured and anguished bodies as 'a direct assault on the nervous system.' Bacon's 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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5135

Francis Bacon

by Reginald Gray
oil on board, 1960
NPG 5135

5844

Francis Bacon

by Clive Barker
gilt bronze mask, 1969
NPG 5844

6827

'Heads'

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

P158

Francis Bacon

by John Hedgecoe
platinum print, 1970
NPG P158

P150(3)

Francis Bacon

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

6424

Francis Bacon

by Clare Shenstone
conté, circa 1982
NPG 6424

5818

Francis Bacon

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

P760

Francis Bacon

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1989
NPG P760

P1321

Francis Bacon

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

x14018

Francis Bacon

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

x40008

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1951
NPG x40008

x24190

John Rothenstein; Francis Bacon

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

x40010

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, January 1960
NPG x40010

x40009

Francis Bacon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, January 1960
NPG x40009

x13707

Francis Bacon

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

x195471

Francis Bacon

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

x195472

Francis Bacon

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

x195473

Francis Bacon

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

x195474

Francis Bacon

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

x195475

Francis Bacon

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