16 of 46 portraits of Francis Bacon
If the sitter is a painter or sculptor: ""© The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth / Bridgeman Images""; in all other cases: ""© Estate of Jorge Lewinski"".
by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
14 1/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (360 mm x 295 mm)
Artistback to top
- Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski (1921-2008), Photographer. Artist of 103 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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It is said that, until 1949, Bacon refused to allow his photograph to be taken. However, after relenting for photographers including Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt and his friend John Deakin, it seems Bacon came to enjoy the process. When Lewinski came to photograph Bacon at his studio, 7 Reece Mews in South Kensington, he found Bacon to be 'civil and helpful, a charming and fascinating conversationalist.' With its multiple viewpoint and distorted features, the photograph resembles on of Bacon's own portraits.
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Current affairsHarold Wilson decides to devalue the pound by nearly 15% in order to ' break out from the straitjacket' of boom and bust economics. The decision was controversial and prompted Wilson to reassure the public that the 'pound in your pocket' would not be worth any less.
Art and scienceThe Beatles release Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a record sleeve designed by pop artist, Peter Blake. The band's musical experimentation and colourful new look was an example of psychedelic, and the LP is often regarded as one of the first concept albums.
InternationalChe Guevara is captured and executed in Bolivia. The guerrilla leader and revolutionary icon was hunted down by the CIA and captured and shot by Bolivian Special Forces. He had been leading Bolivian insurgents in an attempt to overthrow the government.
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