“I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs.”
– Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) is largely known for his grotesque, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s abstracted figures typically appear enclosed within glass or steel geometrical cages and set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. These writhing figures, often violently treated, appear to be isolated by their internal anxiety. After the 1971 suicide of his lover George Dyer, Bacon’s art became more personal, inward looking and preoccupied with themes and motifs of death.