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Seated Figure by Francis Bacon

    Seated Figure by Francis Bacon

    Seated Figure by Francis Bacon was created in 1961. The painting is in Tate Modern London. The size of the work is 165,1 x 142,2 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Bacon’s portraits are explorations of the human condition as much as they are character studies, particularly in works such as Seated Figure, in which the identity of the sitter is not disclosed. They also represent a complex exploration of pictorial space: the figure is simultaneously posed among some elegant items of furniture and confined within a box-like frame. This device, which was one of Bacon’s trademarks, underlines the sense of isolation as well as generating a claustrophobic psychological intensity… (read more in Tate Modern)

    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. Painting (1946) was shown in several group shows including in the British section of Exposition internationale d’art moderne. The following year Bacon… Read more


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