Important paintings include:
- Pope II, 1951 held in Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany
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.Bacon's painterly but abstract figures typically appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. He began painting during his early 20s and worked only sporadically until his mid 30s. Before this time he drifted, earning his living as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs. Later, he admitted that his career was delayed because he had spent too long looking for a subject that would sustain his interest. His breakthrough came with the 1944 triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, and it was this work and his heads and figures of the late 1940s through to the mid 1950s that sealed his reputation as a notably bleak chronicler of the human condition.
Study After Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1953 was painted by Francis Bacon and is held in the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA.
True to its European mission, the Centre for Fine Arts, is hosting Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio.
In Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, the Art Gallery of Ontario brings two giants of 20th-century British art together.
A major exhibition of 80 rare works from the Albertina and Batliner Collection.
The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is spotlighting the art of textile with the exhibition Decorum: over a hundred rugs and tapestries.
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