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

Francis Bacon
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Brutality on canvas

STUDY FOR THE NURSE IN THE FILM “BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN”, 1957.jpg
Study for the nurse in the film “Battleship Potemkin” (1957)

I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence… as a snail leaves its slime.

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

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Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

Francis Bacon painted ghostly, violent images. Some say he emptied his darkest thoughts on canvass, mostly as a manifestation of his relationship with his sadistic lover, Peter Lacey.

Bacon cultivated a sense of darkness that gave his paintings an “edgy atmosphere…gambling everything on the next brush stroke.” Says Bacon in the video:

“We do with our life what we can and then we die. If someone is aware of that, perhaps it comes out in their work.”

francis bacon

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

Francis Bacon

Bacon was an untrained artist, an outlier in the painting world. He worked closely with his PR agent David Sylvester to ensure that he continued to stand out, securing an exhibition at the Tate Museum and book of interview transcripts collated by Sylvester himself.

Francis Bacon was a mystery man who tugged at the most morose moments in his life, leaving the characters in his paintings look as if they are literally gasping for air.