Francis Bacon - Galerie Lelong Exhibition Poster - Screaming Pope
Francis Bacon – Galerie Lelong, Paris Exhibition Poster 15th December 1999 til 30 January 2000 – The Screaming Pope
50 cm x 80 cm
Condition excellent .
Francis Bacon – Born: 28th October, 1909 – Dublin, Ireland Died: 20th April, 1992 – Madrid, Spain
Overview of Francis Bacon's Artistic Creations
Biomorphic Surrealism informed and shaped the style of Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944), the work that announced his emergence as a major artist when it was exhibited in the final weeks of World War Two.
This work established the foundation for many of the themes that were to engage his artistic vision for the rest of his career, generating his preoccupation with humanity’s capacity for self-destruction and the ever-present threat of a global nuclear war.
Bacon created his unique style in the late 1940s when he transformed his earlier Surrealistic artistic vision into an approach inspired by the Old Masters, depictions of motion in film and photography, in particular the studies of figures in action produced by the early photographer, Eadweard Muybridge.
During an active artistic career spanning five decades, Bacon produced some of the most iconic images of wounded and traumatised humanity in post-war art, concentrating his energies on portraiture.
The subjects for his portraits were often the habitues of the bars and clubs of London’s Soho neighbourhood. They were always portrayed as violently distorted and depicted not as sociable and charismatic types but as isolated souls, imprisoned and tormented by existential thoughts and concerns.
Although his success and reputation rested on his unique approach to figuration, Bacon’s attitudes to painting was distinctly traditional and Old Masters were an important source of inspiration for him, in particular, Diego Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, which Bacon used as the basis for his own series of ‘screaming popes’.
At a time when many lost faith in painting, Bacon maintained his belief in the importance of the medium, commenting on his own work that they ‘deserve either the National Gallery or the dustbin, with nothing in between’.
Background Information about the Artist
Bacon was born in Dublin and was named after his famous ancestor, the English philosopher and scientist.
His father, Edward, served in the army and was later employed in the War Office during World War One. His father’s position in the War Office alerted Bacon to the threat of violence at an early age. When his family returned to Dublin after the War, he came of age amidst the early campaigns of the Irish nationalist movement.
Bacon had little formal education due to his severe asthma and the family’s travelling for his father’s postings.
Although he had four siblings, Bacon developed a close bond with his nanny, Jessie Lightfoot, who later came to live with him in London.
Family relations became increasingly tense as Bacon dealt with his emerging homosexuality. He was finally expelled from his family home in 1926, after his father caught him trying on his mother’s clothing.
Surviving on a small allowance, Bacon lived the life of a vagrant, travelling around London, Berlin and Paris. His new life style gave him the freedom to explore his sexuality, particularly in Berlin.
50 cm x 80 cm
Stock number: H428/HM14