Francis Bacon

Some of the most important pieces of the postwar era

Francis Bacon is mostly recognised for his post-Second World War pieces, where he represented the figure and human face in an expressive, often grotesque style.

Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 28, 1909. He travelled to France and Germany as a young man, he then moved to London and began a career as a self-taught artist. Most of his pieces spanning the 1940’s to the 1960’s depict the human figure in scenes that suggest violence, alienation and suffering.

His work is owned by major museums and galleries around the globe, and he has been the subject of many retrospective exhibitions.

Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” smashed the record for most expensive work ever sold in 2013, when it was purchased for $142.4 million at Christie’s in New York.

His work is said to be among some of the most important pieces of the postwar era. He died in (Madrid) Spain on 28/05/1992.

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