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Study for Portrait VII by Francis Bacon

    Study for Portrait VII by Francis Bacon

    Study for Portrait VII by Francis Bacon was created in 1953. The painting is in Museum of Modern Art New York. The size of the work is 152,3 x 117 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Bacon was a key figure in the School of London, a group of artists pursuing figurative painting in the decades following World War II. Throughout his career, Bacon endeavored, he said, “to make the best painting of the human cry.” Study for Portrait VII began as a portrait of David Sylvester, an art critic and close friend of the artist, and progressed into an explicit citation of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of Innocent X (c. 1650), a stern-faced image of Pope Innocent X in his robes, seated on a throne-like gilded chair… (read more in Museum of Modern Art New York)

    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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