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Francis Bacon|Facts About the Artist Francis Bacon

Updated on February 1, 2014

Francis Bacon The Artist

Francis Bacon might be equally famous for his messy studio and wild life as he is for his artwork... oof what a mess. Francis Bacon fine art paintings reproduction are below. Landscapes still life portrait commissions were done with brilliance by Bacon. Facts about Francis Bacon, wonderful colors touching one another almost in a patina effect that reminds me a bit of Lucian Freud's work. I paint in a patina effect too which is why I resonate to Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud's style. Ahh the brilliance around it is just awesome to see and be influenced by.

I personally feel that Bacon's work in his self portrait below is more of a caricature than what Lucian Freud paints. I don't attempt to paint as a caricature at all but do consider it from time to time due to my background in production sculpture.

Francis Bacon also had a dark side that led to brilliant abstracts that defined his own personal world. Isn't that what artist do?

I have posted a variety of images of his work... his work is complex and needs time to consider all of its avenues that touch our inner being.

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."

Take that into consideration while looking at his work.

Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 - 28 April 1992), was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery


Francis Bacon Quotes

+ You see, painting has now become, or all art has now become completely a game, by which man distracts himself. What is fascinating actually is, that it's going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to become any good at all.

+ An illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact.

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

+ I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.

+ I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.

+ I need the city; I need to know there are people around me strolling, arguing, f**king—living, and yet I go out very rarely; I stay here in my cage.

+ I should have been, I don’t know, a con-man, a robber or a prostitute. But it was vanity that made me choose painting, vanity and chance.

+ All artists are vain, they long to be recognised and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free.

+ Some artists leave remarkable things which, a 100 years later, don’t work at all. I have left my mark; my work is hung in museums, but maybe one day the Tate Gallery or the other museums will banish me to the cellar…you never know.

+ Painting gave meaning to my life which without it it would not have had.

+ Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint.

+ Picasso was the first person to produce figurative paintings which overturned the rules of appearance; he suggested appearance without using the usual codes, without respecting the representational truth of form, but using a breath of irrationality instead, to make representation stronger and more direct; so that form could pass directly from the eye to the stomach without going through the brain.

+ Picasso was one of that genius caste which includes Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Van Gogh and above all Velzquez.

+ Velzquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator.

+ Images also help me find and realise ideas. I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people’s plates.

+ Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later.

+ You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint.

+ The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it’s a little like making love, the physical act of love.

"Seated Figure" by Francis Bacon

"Seated Figure" by Francis Bacon
"Seated Figure" by Francis Bacon

Great Francis Bacon stuff

Francis Bacon's Studio

Francis Bacon's Studio
Francis Bacon's Studio

Bacon studio re-created

Bacon studio re-created in Dublin

By Louise Williams in Dublin

Francis Bacon's London studio has been transplanted and reassembled - every paintbrush and speck of dust, along with the walls and floorboards - in Ireland.

The studio took three years to reconstruct in a Dublin art gallery with every detail of the work space faithfully re-created.

Studies of the Human Body by Francis Bacon

Detail from Bacon's Studies of the Human Body, recently sold for �6m at auction

The studio was donated to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and a team of 10 archaeologists and conservators spent three years dismantling the room and its contents and transporting them across the Irish Sea.


Bacon was born in Ireland to English parents but he left Ireland when he was a teenager. He died in Spain in 1992.

For 30 years, he worked in a studio at 7 Reece Mews in South Kensington.

Special care was taken over transporting the plaster on the walls which Bacon used as his palette.

"This is exactly the mess that he left behind," Project manager Dr Margarita Cappock said of the re-constructed studio.

It's unique in the art world to have such a complete archive

Dr Margarita Cappock

Three vantage points have been built into the walls so visitors can see up close the re-built studio.

"What you see here is most of the source material used by Bacon throughout his life," she added.

Almost every inch of floor space is covered with cuttings from newspapers, tins of paint and photos.

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"Study 1953" by Francis Bacon

"Study 1953" by Francis Bacon
"Study 1953" by Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon in his Studio, 1984

Francis Bacon in his Studio, 1984
Francis Bacon in his Studio, 1984

Francis Bacon another pic in his studio ~Yet this is not what his art is about or is it?

Francis Bacon another pic in his studio ~Yet this is not what his art is about or is it?
Francis Bacon another pic in his studio ~Yet this is not what his art is about or is it?

Francis Bacon's Self Portrait

Francis Bacon's Self Portrait
Francis Bacon's Self Portrait

Quick, what do you think of Francis Bacon?

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Francis Bacon - Documentary

This is #4 but do take the time to watch them all.

Bacon Kept a VERY UNTIDY Art Studio... IS CHAOS GOOD?

Francis Bacon kept a VERY UNTIDY Art Studio... read this tidbit below written about it. Then just out of curiosity, how do YOU feel about chaos vrs order?

Bruce Bernard

Francis Bacon in his Studio, 19841984

Bruce Bernard first met Francis Bacon around 1948, when Bacon was already established as a controversial artist, following the exhibition of his painting 'Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion'. This photograph shows the artist at the age of seventy-five, in his studio in Reece Mews, Kensington, London. Bacon worked in this studio from 1961 until his death in 1992. The chaotic studio was vital to the artist's working process, as piles of photographs, newspapers, catalogues and magazines provided visual inspiration. Instead of using a palette, Bacon mixed paint on any surface he could find, including the walls and door of his studio, as can be seen here. After Bacon's death his studio was reconstructed at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, the city of Bacon's birth.

Chaos or Order?

Can you take a second and answer my polls? Thanks!!

Poll 1 of 3

Do you like his work?

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Poll 2 of 3

Are YOU an artist? Either way could you create in chaos?

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Poll 3 of 3

How much did bBacon's "Bullfight" sell for at Sotheby's?

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one last thing

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      6 years ago

      Is there a reason the writer has connected the U2 songs to this post?

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      He painted for himself and that makes him different.

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      6 years ago

      He was a Master; the way he laid paint down in Images that were "scary" was a paradox which was a metaphor for the Human Condition in the last half of the 20th Century. To see these Images in person was an experience...beautiful but revulsive....Who can do THAT! Picasso in ....he was a true son of his age...

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      mistyblue75605 lm 

      8 years ago

      nice lens!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 

      8 years ago


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      Herman IV 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens. Always enjoy learning more about art! Thanks.

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      Miha Gasper 

      8 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      His art is not pleasant to watch, but it is always powerful.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      8 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I was always intrigued with his work, but never read much about him. I especially enjoyed the quotations in this article. Thank you

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I can't say that I have ever paid much attention to Francis Bacon before. I enjoyed reading about him, seeing his very messy studio, but mostly l enjoyed reading his quotes. I do believe I would have liked the fellow!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      winging back to share some squidangel *blessings*.

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      Jules Corriere 

      8 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Aeesome lens. Great pictures. Great information. though provoking. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world!

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens. I certainly like his work, partly because it is so recognisable and strikingly different, even if he was inspired by the likes of Picasso. His studio looks a bit like my two year old son's bedroom (or my office for that matter)

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      8 years ago

      good to see a Lens about Francis Bacon out here. I have the book Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester which is the best book of Bacon in my opinion.

      A good lens, a bit confusing about the two different Bacons though.

      great to see such an art lens.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @PeterStip: THANK YOU SO MUCH... FIXED (I hope, lol)

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      8 years ago

      An excellent presentation of Francis Bacon and his art...blessed!

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      8 years ago

      He has a very special style, nice to have known of him.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      he's got great paintings.

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      8 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Yes I prefer Freud too.

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      8 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thank you!

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I forgot to Angel Bless in my last comment, so here they are - well done

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I never knew that the two Bacons were related. I admire the one and loathe the other! So genius DOES run through families. I wonder what the other Bacons were like - did they take the bacon, make a pig's ear of things, tell porky-pies and squeal like pigs? Did people cast pearls before them?

      I prefer Lucien Freud by far - similarities in style and talent, but somehow not so negative as Bacon.

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      8 years ago

      @Twmarsh: Thanks for your comment

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      8 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks for your comment

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      8 years ago

      Interesting study of 2 men living centuries apart with the same mind and blood line. Enjoyed the comparison.

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      10 years ago

      Great Francis Bacon info and artwork examples. Well assembled, five stars!

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Francis Bacon ROCKS!

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