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Artist: Francis Bacon (1909 - 1992)
Nationality: British
Movement: School of London
Media: Painting
Influences:

Biography:
Francis Bacon was born in Dublin to English parents. In 1924, he left Ireland to travel across Europe, encountering a Picasso exhibit in Paris, which was his original inspiration to begin painting. Bacon worked as a furniture designer in London for some time before joining the Civil Defense during World War II. His first successful painting, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, received enthusiastic reviews in 1945. After spending five years in Monte Carlo to gamble, Bacon returned to London to continue painting as his reputation was growing. His paintings normally depicted disturbing themes of pain, solitude, and vulnerability.


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
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The Minneapolis Institute of Arts -
Artist: Francis Bacon Title: Study for Portrait VI Date: 1953 Medium: oil on canvas Dimensions:
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Jacobus Houbraken Sir Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans, Lord Chancellor Engraving 1738
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Francis Bacon on Primrose Hill, Bill Brandt (Germany, 1904 - 1983) , 1963, printed later, Gelatin-silver print
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Francis Bacon - Painting 1946 oil and pastel on li The Museum of Modern Art British
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Francis Bacon - Study for Portrait VI 1953 oil on canvas Minneapolis Institute of Arts British
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Francis Bacon - Figure with Meat 1954 oil on canvas The Art Institute of Chicago American
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Francis Bacon - Study of a Baboon 1953 oil on canvas The Museum of Modern Art British
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Francis Bacon - Study for Crouching Nude 1952 oil and sand on canv The Detroit Institute of Art English
The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Edward R. Bacon (1846-1915), 1897 Anders Leonard Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920)Oil on canvas; 48 1/4 x
The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon (Virginia Purdy, died 1919), 1897 Anders Leonard Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920)Oil on
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Jacobus Houbraken Nicholas Bacon Engraving 1738
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T. Blood European Magazine, John Bacon, Esquire 19th century
Museum of Fine Arts -
Eagle Bronze figure Roman Late Imperial Period 3rd–4th century A.D. Bronze Height x width: 10.9
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John Smibert - Mrs. Francis Brinley and Her Son Francis 1729 oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art American
Museum of Fine Arts -
Ernest Lee Major, American, 1864-1950 Marion Pond (Mrs. Kenneth Bacon Bond) 1903 Oil on canvas
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Bacon I, R. B. Kitaj (United States, Ohio, Chagrin Falls, 1932-10-29 - 2007-10-21) , 1968, Screenprint
The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Armchair, 1886-1888 Manufactured by A. H. Davenport (1800-1908); Designed by Francis H. Bacon (1856-1940)American; Made
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Conversation, Peggy Bacon (United States, Connecticut, Ridgefield, 1895 - 1988)  (Artist), 1930-1931, Charcoal
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Alexander Brook Dark Lady. Portrait of Peggy Bacon lithograph 19th - 20th century
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Francis Chantrey - Francis Homer 1820 marble Ackland Art Museum British
Museum of Fine Arts -
Water jar Acoma Pueblo (Native American) United States, New Mexico, (Acoma), 1880-1900 Earthenware with slip
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Thomas Rowlandson Bacon Faced Fellows Of Brasen Nose, Broke Loose Etching with watercolor 1811
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Francis Seymour Haden Portrait of Francis Seymour Haden (Self-Portrait with etching equipment) Etching and drypoint 1862
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Guerrier nu, tenant une lance (4e quart 18e siècle ; 1ère moitié 19e siècle) by NORMAND Charles Pierre Joseph (attribué à) ; BACON (inspiré par)
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Peggy Bacon - Marsden Hartley c. 1930 pastel on canvas Portland Museum of Art American
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Jacques-Emile Blanche - Francis Poictevin 1887 oil on canvas The National Gallery, London French
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Ambrose McEvoy - Mrs. Francis Howard c. 1916-1918 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art British
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Charles Willson Peale - Mrs. Francis Bailey 1791 oil on canvas Cincinnati Art Museum American
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Thomas Sully - Francis Hopkinson 1834 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Smibert - Francis Brinley 1729 oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art American
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Giovanni Bellini - St. Francis in the Desert c. 1480 tempera and oil on c The Frick Collection Italian
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Daniel Huntington - Dr. John W. Francis 1857 oil on canvas Cleveland Museum of Art American
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Bernardo Strozzi - St. Francis in Ecstasy c. 1618-20 oil on canvas Philbrook Museum of Art Italian
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Henry Bacon - The Erechtheum n.d. watercolor Smithsonian American Art Museum American
Museum of Fine Arts -
Henry Bacon, American, 1837-1912 On Shipboard 1877 Oil on canvas 50.16 x 73.98 cm (19
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Francis J. Rigney Cliffs near Dublin pen and black ink on paper 1906
Museum of Fine Arts -
Henry Bacon, American, 1837-1912 Dog in Mourning 1870 Oil on canvas 32.38 x 24.76 cm
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Francis Seymour Haden Twickenham Etching 1865
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Francis Seymour Haden Twickenham Etching 1865
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Francis McComas Mesa watercolor circa 1909 - 1914
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Francis McComas Navajo Gateway, Arizona watercolor 1914
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Francis Seymour Haden [1891 manuscript copy of]: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Francis Seymour Haden (London: Macmillan, 1880) manuscript with text only 1891
The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Mrs. Francis Brinley and Her Son Francis, 1729 John Smibert (Scottish, 1688-1751)AmericanOil on canvas; 50
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Francis Seymour Haden Amstelodamum Etching 1863
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Francis Seymour Haden The Cabin Drypoint 1877
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Francis Seymour Haden Nine Barrow Down Drypoint 1877
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Ludovico Carracci - The Vision of Saint Francis c. 1583-1586 oil on canvas The National Gallery, London Italian
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Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli - The Ecstacy of Saint Francis c. 1615 oil on canvas Los Angeles County Museum of Art Italian
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Joseph Whiting Stock - Mary and Francis Wilcox 1845 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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Pieter Cristoffel Wonder - Henry Francis Playter c. 1837 oil on wood panel Cleveland Museum of Art Dutch
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Charles Willson Peale - Portrait of Mr. Francis Bailey 1791 oil on canvas Cincinnati Art Museum American
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Francis Seymour Haden Twickenham Church Etching 1862
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Abraham Jansz. Van Diepenbeeck - The Last Communion of St Francis of Assisi n.d. oil on panel The Fitzwilliam Museum Flemish
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Hugh Barron - Francis Page of Newbury c. 1760 oil on canvas The Fitzwilliam Museum British
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Vicente Carduco - St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata c. 1610-30 oil on canvas Ackland Art Museum Spanish
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Francis McComas Frame for "Navajo Gateway, Arizona" watercolor 1914
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Francis McComas Teroa Houses watercolor circa 1910 - 1920
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Francis McComas Mesa Village watercolor circa 1910 - 1920
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Francis Seymour Haden The Willows Drypoint 1877
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Francis Seymour Haden Challow Farm Drypoint 1877

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (40)
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Sheffield Galleries and Museum Trust, Millenium Galleries: Surveying of the Career of Francis Bacon
The exhibition features the Tate's collection of Bacon paintings and drawings and is complemented by selected works from other ...

Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth: Francis Bacon: A Retrospective Exhibition
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Irish Museum of Modern Art: The Barry Joule Archive - Works on Paper attributed to Francis Bacon
The imagery of the 'X-Album' contributes to a wider critical understanding of the themes that Francis Bacon developed in his major paintings. The exhibition also contains a substantial sele...

Marlborough Gallery: Francis Bacon: Paintings
Marlborough’s show will consist of nine works as follows: three quintessential triptychs dating from 1970, 1983 and 1986-87, each panel measuring 78 x 58 inches; a rare 1957 painting of a pope, measuring 60 x 46 1/2 inches; Study for Self Portr...

Hugh Lane Gallery: Francis Bacon's 7 Reece Mews Studio Reconstructed
Donated by Bacon’s heir John Edwards, the reconstructed studio was formally opened by The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ald Maurice Ahern on 23 May 2001. This remarkable cultural donation is the most important received by the Gallery since it ...

Dulwich Picture Gallery: The Golden Age of Watercolours : The Hickman Bacon Collection
Sir Hickman Bacon had unusual tastes for his time. The collection is especially strong in the type of late, ethereal Turner watercolour that only became widely popular with the advent of abstract painting in the 1940s and 50s. The works by Girtin ...

Dideh Iranian Fine Art: Iran on the Web
Mr. Nami Petgar one of the exhibiting Iranian painter describes it: It is as if a small window has been opened to my studio and a selection of my works has been put on display ...

Portland Museum of Art: Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection
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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag: Francis Bacon
The paintings on view will include the famous series of Popes, his works based on Van Gogh, portraits of his friend and companion George Dyer and a large number of monumental triptychs, including one - Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Cr...

Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Photographs of Artists
Don't miss this opportunity to come face to face with artists represented in the Gallery's collection such as Henri...

ArtSpace: Transformers
Sean Bacon
ZONE
The audience is led into Zone only to find themselves the focus of attention. The viewer is given control over a series of images in which they are alternatively present and absent and in which the installation itself os...

Plains Art Museum: Theodore Waddell: A Retrospective, 1960-2000
Theodore Waddell has long been recognized as one of Montana's most important contemporary artists - one who has played a significant role in the development of late modernism in Montana and the West. His intimate relationship to the land and peop...

Neuberger Museum of Art: The School of London and Their Friends: The Mel and Elaine Merians Collection
The movement emerged in the 1940s when Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud rebelled against generally accepted art world norms by centering their interest on ...

Tate Gallery: Britain s New National Museum of Modern Art, and Will Open to the Public for the First Time on 12 May.
Bankside Power Station has been transformed into Tate Modern by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The former Turbine Hall, running the whole length of the vast building, now marks a breathtaking entrance to the gallery. From...

Kimbell Art Museum: European Masterpieces: Six Centuries of Paintings from the National Gallery of Victoria
Works range in scope and style from the intimate Man of Sorrows by Memling, a devotional piece for private contemplation, to the comparatively ostentatious ...

Royal College of Art: The 20th Century British Art Fair
It is the only fair to cover British art from 1900 to the present day and for five days, under one roof, art lovers can enjoy and marvel at the talent and diversity of painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics which incorporate 20th Century Briti...

Oakland Museum of California: Every Worker is an Organizer: Farm Labor and the Resurgence of the United Farm Workers
Bacon's black and white photographs provide an intimate look at field labor, union organizing activity and labor leaders during the United Farm Workers 1996 drive to organize the entire central California Coast strawberry industry, employing 25,0...

Esso Gallery: Francesco Simeti: NOW I KNOW MY ABC's
His patterns show images of conflict, crowds of people or military personnel engaged in non-natural disasters and the words are derived from a media-created language. The ability of Francesco Simeti to subvert a given system by using it's own l...

Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery: Bruno Capolongo Invitational 2009
Claudette Losier comments about her work: "One of my bodies of work explores the concept of Paradise as something sought after by modern society. My search centres on gardens--as near as our own backyard and as far away as other continents or the ...

Cairns Regional Gallery: Cairns Art Societies 55th Annual Open Art Awards
We promote the Open Art Awards nationally through The Australian Artist magazine and subsequently we have received entries from as far afield as the Margaret River region in Western Australia and Adelaide, Ms Donne said. The Cairns Art Socie...

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art: Ryan Schneider: Today I am a Knife
While he draws upon inspirations such as Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Francis Bacon, the resulting compositions are entirely intuitive and genuinely subjective. In a unique and candid language, Schneider thus reflects the emotional imprints t...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Directions: Cecily Brown
Among the works that will be on view are the never-before-exhibited "Dogday Afternoon," 1999, in which the artist's body markings are part of the composition; "Bacchanal," 2001, exemplifying Brown's recent investigations into landscape; and an ...

Colville Place Gallery: Marty St James: Betweeness
A number of my previous performance and video art works were to do with a sense of staticness and in contrast my static image print works are often to do with movement. This allows me an artistic freedom within the form and content. Marty St....

Artist’s Magazine: Call for Entries: The Artist's Magazine's 23rd Annual Art Competition
Five first place winners will receive $2,500 cash, five second place winners will receive $1,250 cash, and five third place winners will receive $750 cash. There will be 15 $100 cash honorable mention winners, and all award winners and honorable m...

Contemporary Arts Center: Loop: Back to the Beginning
Assembled by Klaus Biesenbach, Loop examines the phenomenon of cyclical time as illustrated by the repeated gesture or event. In each of the works included in this exhibition, time becomes a sculptural component. Time is chopped up, carved, compre...

Tate Gallery, Liverpool: Figurative Art at the End of the Century
Many of these works have only just been acquired by the Tate and are on show in Liverpool for the first time. Together, they create a powerful spectacle and raise issues ...

Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin Beijing: Hermann Nitsch and Yang Shaobin at White Space Beijing
After Hermann Nitsch was exhibited in China for the first time, Nitsch's part in the exhibition follows this idea. It shows with painting and 'Schüttbildern', video, photography and relics a comprehensive overview of Nitsch's work, at the focal po...

William Traver Gallery: John Miller: Blue Plate Special
The concept for Blue Plate Special began a couple years ago, with John sketching designs for glass works to execute. John’s prior body of work focused on large scale Venetian goblets, and he wanted to create art of everyday objects – in some respe...

Riflemaker: Voodoo - Hoochie-Coochie and the Creative Spirit
Throughout the exhibition, the idea of Voodoo practise – initiation and possession particularly - is used as a metaphor for the spiritual heights considered essential to the creative process - a need to fire up the spirit, get your Mojo working, g...

Esso Gallery: Lato Destro: The Photographic Side of Arte Povera
About the relationship between art and photography there is a great deal to say. Too much in a press release. It's relevant to say that in this particular case the alchemical processes in the work of the Arte Povera artists finds a natural grou...

Bonnefanten Museum: Bonnefantopia: Installation by Atelier van Lieshout
Bonnefantopia is a one-storey opened-out structure made from untreated wood, scaffolding materials and polished fibreglass housing several functions: toilet, shower, kitchen and luxury lounge bed with special lighting, music and spirits, a fitness...

Pump House Gallery: Shake It :  An Instant History of the Polaroid
Besides work by some of the most important artists working with the medium, the show will also include Polaroids from other diverse professions and disciplines such as forensics, archaeology, medicine, filmmaking and fashion, as well as those of a...

Milwaukee Art Museum: Nothing But Nudes: Selections from the Permanent Collection
he exhibition Nothing But Nudes: Selections from the Permanent Collection reveals not only the many roles of the nude in art but also the depth of the museum's holdings. Including works from all media painting and sculpture, w...

Sheffield Galleries and Museum Trust, Graves Art Gallery: Terence Donovan: The Eye That Never Sleeps
Born in Stepney in London's East End, Donovan was as comfortable in the ateliers of Paris couturiers as he was in the streets east of Aldgate. But it was the chaos of these streets, the swathes o...

Museum of Contemporary Art, LA and the Geffen Contemporary: David Hockney Retrospective: Photoworks
“David’s outstanding work has inspired thousands worldwide and has captured the essence of Southern California,” said Jeremy Strick, MOCA director. “We are delighted to host this incredible show of photographic works which showcases his contin...

Esso Gallery: Michele Zalopany: disIntegration
Her paintings’ photographic realism use a fictitious model, closer to an excuse to raise a question rather than make a statement, although many of the places, people and things are, or were, real. In 1943 it is believed that a confrontation on...

National Portrait Gallery of Australia: Bill Brandt: A Retrospective
No other British photographer has made so many memorable photographs as Bill Brandt. He excelled in all fields -social scenes, Surrealism, night photography, wartime documentary, landscape, portraiture and the nude, writes Mark Haworth-Booth, curator...

Grosvenor Gallery: Francis Newton Souza
Souza was born in the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1924 into a strict Roman Catholic family. His upbringing was marked by what he saw as the conflict between the erotic Indian art surrounding him, and the repressive teachings of the Catholic Church...

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: David Hockney: Painting 1960-2000
David Hockney – along with Henry Moore and Francis Bacon - is among the most famous British artists of the 20th century. He is admired for his technical skill, his sure sense of style and his col...

Housatonic Museum of Art: A Retrospective: Large oils 1985-2003 by Michael Hafftka
Some have seen that work as depicting a deeply disturbing, chaotic world of existential suffering and despair mitigated only by the unflinching compassionate eye of the artist and the beholder. Others have seen it as revealing, amid that very suff...

Further Artwork and Information:

Francis Bacon Image Gallery
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Mark Hardens Artchive - Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon Biography and Timeline
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
WebMuseum: Bacon, Francis
FRANCIS BACON
Francis Bacon Online
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