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Francis Bacon. Painting. 1946
Francis Bacon

Painting

1946
Not on view
Medium
Oil and pastel on linen
Dimensions
6' 5 7/8" x 52" (197.8 x 132.1 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
229.1948
Copyright
© 2015 Estate of Francis Bacon / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London

Created in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Painting is an olique but damning image of an anonymous public figure. Half-obscured by an umbrella, he is dressed in a dark formal suit—the unofficial uniform of British politicians of the day—punctuated by an incongruously bright yellow boutonnière. But his deathly complexion and toothy grimace suggest a deep brutality beneath his proper exterior. The sense of menace is accentuated by glaring colors and the cow carcasses suspended in a cruciform behind him, a motif drawn from Bacon's childhood fascination with butcher shops, but also a possible reference to Old Master treatments of the same subject.

Gallery label from 2006
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