Graham Hunter Gallery

81 Baker Street, London

Francis Bacon

(1909 – 1992) Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery.

Bacon's painterly but abstracted figures typically appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, colour-field backgrounds. Bacon took up painting in his early twenty's and working infrequently until his mid-30's. Not sure of his ability as a painter, he earned his living as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs. admitting later  that his career was held back because he had spent along time looking for a subject to sustain his interest. His 1944 triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion was his break through and sealed his reputation as a uniquely bleak chronicler of the human condition.He said in interviews that he saw images "in series", typically he focused on a single subject or format for sustained periods; Beginning with the 1940's male heads isolated in rooms, the early 1950's screaming popes, and mid to late 1950's animals and lone figures suspended in geometric structures.In the late 1990's a number of major works previously assumed to have been destroyed, including popes from the early 1950's and portraits from the 1960's,surfaced on the art market and set record prices at auction. On 12 November 2013 his painting Three Studies of Lucian Freud set the record as the most expensive piece of art ever auctioned, selling for $142,405,000

The gallery maintains a turning stock of quality lithographs, artists posters and prints along with drawings, original paintings and sculpture.


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