Francis Bacon (artist)

This Abstract Expressionist painter, with a totally personal way to convey his idea of what human beings are like, died at the end of April 1992 in Madrid. This year the Prado Museum will be hosting the major retrospective exhibition on Francis Bacon (Practical Info), organised in collaboration with the Modern Tate Museum (London) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), to commemorate the centenary of the artit’s birth in October 1909. The exhibition wil be on from Feb 3 to April 19, in case you want to visit it.
F. Bacon loved visiting the Prado Museum so he eventually settled here. He would spend long hours looking at Goya’s and Velazquez’s paintings. Actually, that’s where he spent most of the time in his last year of life. In his own paintings, you can trace what he learned from Goya, Picasso, Munch, Van Gogh… You see, he was a self-taught painter. Looking at his pictures you can also feel how sad, angry or anguished he felt when contemplating the world. (He actually destroyed much of what he painted.)
Bacon Quotes: I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself. (More in comment below.)


One response to “Francis Bacon (artist)

  1. “The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it’s a little like making love, the physical act of love.”

    “Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint.”
    “Painting gave meaning to my life which without it it would not have had.”
    “An illustrational form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact.” (He is talking about the power of abstract art.)
    “Picasso was the first person to produce figurative paintings which overturned the rules of appearance; he suggested appearance without using the usual codes, without respecting the representational truth of form, but using a breath of irrationality instead, to make representation stronger and more direct; so that form could pass directly from the eye to the stomach without going through the brain.”

    “Velázquez found the perfect balance between the ideal illustration which he was required to produce, and the overwhelming emotion he aroused in the spectator.”

    “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
    “I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.”

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