Francis Bacon

(British-Irish, 1909-1992)


“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”

- Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon was born in Ireland in October 1909 in a nursing home. During the First World War, his family relocated to London where his Father Anthony Bacon served in the War Office. Afterward, they returned to Ireland where it had hardened with a shadow of violence. Bacon’s formal schooling was at the Dean Close School and boarded for nearly two years.

Bacon struggled with family relations as his homosexuality emerged. At 16, he moved to London without a plan and survived off a 3 pound a week allowance supplied by his mother. In the summer of 1927, Bacon attended an exhibition at the Galerie Paul Rosenberg featuring drawings of Picasso; these drawings evoked the artist within Bacon and soon after he created drawings and watercolors without instruction.

At age 23, Bacon painted his first true piece Crucifixion and enjoyed partial success as an artist. The painting was reproduced in the book Art Now by Herbert Read and purchased by the collector. After what seemed like a good start to his artist career, his solo show at Transition Gallery in 1934 comprised of seven paintings and six gouaches and drawings sold poorly and noted badly in The Times.  He returned to drifting life, and little work of his survived this harsh period.

Bacon continued to grow as an artist, gaining popularity as his works began to diffuse and were exhibited in galleries. Many of his works were inspired by the loss of people in his life, including self-portraits. Solo exhibitions of Bacon’s work were held around the world including Japan, the United States, London, and Russia even after his death. Bacon’s periods of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism shaped the world and continue to influence present day.

Bacon has enjoyed success as an artist and in the collecting world after his death. Recently in 2013 Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Bacon” sold for over $142 million in New York at Christie’s.

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