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Francis Bacon

(1909-1992), Painter

Sitter in 47 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 Guy Bourdin - NPG x199965

Francis Bacon

by Guy Bourdin
C-type colour print, 1986
NPG x199965

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

Francis Bacon, by David Cripps - NPG x199731

Francis Bacon

by David Cripps
toned bromide fibre print, 1989
NPG x199731

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

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Francis Bacon

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1975
NPG x24440


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