Wednesday February 26, 2020

How Bacon cut an impressive Figure

The painter’s 1963 work Turning Figure was reportedly the result of him seeing a gruesome image of wartime Europe

26th January, 2020
Francis Bacon‘s Turning Figure: estimated at between €6 million and €8 million at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction

In a film on Sotheby’s website, Francis Bacon talks of how there are whole areas of forms that relate to the human image, but are a complete distortion of it. Executed in 1963, his Turning Figure belongs to a body of work of which he said: “Most of those pictures were done of somebody who was always in a state of unease.”

Art historian Martin Hammer believes that the genesis of Turning...

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