Top Ten Paintings by Francis Bacon

Top Ten Paintings by Francis Bacon

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       Francis Bacon was born October 28, 1909, in Dublin. At the age of 16, he moved to London and subsequently lived for about two years in Berlin and Paris. Although Bacon never attended art school, he began to draw and work in watercolor. Upon his return to London in 1929, he established himself as a furniture designer and interior designer. In the fall of that year he began to use oils and exhibited a few paintings as well as furniture and rugs in his studio. His work was included in a group exhibition in London at the Mayor Gallery in 1933. In 1934, the artist organized his own first solo show at Sunderland House, London, which he called Transition Gallery for the occasion. He participated in a group show at Thomas Agnew and Sons, London in 1937.

  1. Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953)

    Francis Bacon often referred to other artists and used photographs as reference material for his paintings. This portrait is a distorted version of the Pope, from a painting by the Spanish artist Diego Velazquez that was painted in 1650. The scream of the Pope may also be referencing the famous painting by Edvard Munch, “The Scream.” Bacon was quoted as saying “We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream, and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death.
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  2. Figure with Meat (1954)

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  3. Painting (1956)

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  4. Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh V (1957)

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  5. Portrait of Michel Leiris

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  6. Portrait of Lucian Freud (1965)

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  7. Self Portrait (1971)

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  8. Figure Writing Reflected in a Mirror (1976)

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  9. Georges a Bicyclette (1966)

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  10. Portrait of George Dyer Staring into a Mirror (1967)

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  11. Owls (1956)

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  12. Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944)

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  13. Untitled (1944)

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  14. Man with Dog (1953)

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  15. Man in Blue VII (1954)

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  16. Three Studies for a Crucifixion: Center Panel (1962), Right Panel (1962)

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  17. Head III (1961)

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  18. Figures Getting Out of a Car (1943)

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  19. Head I (1948)

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  20. Seated Figure (1983)

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  21. Etude de Tauromachie (1987)

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  22. Study for Chimpanzee (1957)

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  23. Blood on the Floor (1986)

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  24. Head II (1949)

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