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Figure with Meat by Francis Bacon

    Figure with Meat by Francis Bacon

    Figure with Meat by Francis Bacon was created in 1954. The painting is in Art Institut of Chicago. The size of the work is 129,9 x 121,9 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Figure with Meat is part of a now-famous series he devoted to Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (c. 1650; Galleria Doria-Pamphilj, Rome). Here he transformed the Spanish Baroque artist’s iconic portrayal of papal authority into a nightmarish image, in which the blurred figure of the pope, seen as if through a veil, seems trapped in a glass-box torture chamber, his mouth open in a silent scream. Instead of the noble drapery that frames Velázquez’s pope, Bacon is flanked by two sides of beef, quoting the work of seventeenth-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn and twentieth-century Russian artist Chaim Soutine, both of whom painted brutal and haunting images of raw meat.

    About the Artist: Irish-born British figurative painter Francis Bacon was born in Dublin. The 1933 Crucifixion was his first painting to attract public attention. By 1944 Bacon had gained confidence and moved toward developing his unique signature style. His Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion had summarised themes explored in his earlier paintings, including his examination of Picasso’s biomorphs, his interpretations of the Crucifixion, and the Greek Furies… Read more


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