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Post  eddie on Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:28 am

Not a bad selection of FB's work salvaged from the wreck of the old ATU site, but clearly this is another thread that needs developing:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:WrQd-AxKRcMJ:acrosstheuniverse.forumotion.com/t1984-bacon-s-three-studies-for-figures-at-the-base-of-a-crucifixion+acrosstheuniverse+%2B+francis+bacon&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:02 am

To discuss Francis Bacon is necessarily to discuss London's bohemian quarter, Soho, in the 1950's, of which FB was an habituee.

That's why I've attached here a short thread on Daniel Farson, a fellow 1950's Soho barfly and Bacon's biographer (see the last post of this thread for a very good personal memoir by Farson of Francis Bacon):

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:TkHeVbxdv3UJ:acrosstheuniverse.forumotion.com/t1973-daniel-farson-s-photography+acrosstheuniverse+%2B+daniel+farson&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:25 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULIRq8wFzE4
Trailer for "Love is the Devil": Francis Bacon biopic starring Derek Jacobi as FB.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  precinct14 on Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:19 pm

eddie wrote:To discuss Francis Bacon is necessarily to discuss London's bohemian quarter, Soho, in the 1950's, of which FB was an habituee.

In Graham Lord's excellent biography of fellow Soho-ite Jeffery Bernard, he describes a champagne-fuelled lunch that Bacon treated Jeff to at Wheeler's, on Old Compton St, towards the end of which, and right next to a table of horrified American tourists, Bacon loudly declared how much he'd love to fuck Colonel Gadaffi.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:48 pm

^

With Andy/nemo's posts self-deleted, let's try to preserve what's left of the original ATUI cache before this thread becomes completely pointless:

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The Triptych that first established Bacon's reputation as the painter of modern alienation and anxiety.

Note that it's "a" crucifixion, and not "the" crucifixion. No room for Christianity in Bacon's world view. To him, we're all meat.


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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:50 pm


Figure With Meat, 1954- FB.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:52 pm



Head IV, 1948.

One of several so-called "Screaming Pope" paintings after Velasquez. Bacon always maintained that the figure is sneezing rather than screaming.

The glass box is an echo of the trail of Nazi war criminal Eichman: a bullet-proof dock in an Israeli court.


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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:53 pm

"When we're dead we're no use any more; we're finished. When I'm dead, wrap me in a plastic bag and throw me in the gutter..."

(Francis Bacon)

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:55 pm

Dharma Wheel wrote: This one was a better dresser...


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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:56 pm

Ah, but did the true author of Shakespeare's work dye his hair with boot polish?:


Francis Bacon. Photograph by Bill Brandt.


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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:58 pm

If the mouth in Head IV looks familiar, you saw it first here:



The Nurse from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. Odessa Steps sequence.


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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:00 pm

Hosni wrote:

Eddie wrote:


Figure With Meat, 1954- Francis Bacon.


I believe this Bacon painting is the one that Joker Jack Nicholson saves from being destroyed by one of his goons in Tim Burton's BAT-MAN: The Motion Picture, while music by Prince is being played on a boom-box.


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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:01 pm

By no means the only Bacon to appear on celluloid: reclusive rock star Turner (Mick Jagger) in Roeg/Cammell's Performance has a Bacon on the wall of his Notting Hill Gate drum.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:03 pm

Bacon began his creative life in the slightly surprising role of a designer of furniture and interior decor.

This legacy lived on into his mature painterly work in which he often demonstrated a good eye for a nice piece of furniture:


Centre panel for Self-Portrait Triptych, 1985-6.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:04 pm


Study for a portrait of John Edwards, 1985.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:06 pm


Painting 1946- FB.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:08 pm

It wasn't at all usual for Bacon to paint after a night's drinking. He claimed that the chance effects thus produced often led him down unexpected creative avenues.

I'm sure that the characteristically smudged facial features of his subjects...:


Self-Portrait- Francis Bacon.

...must be an indication of the state of his make-up after a night on the fizz.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:15 pm

Here's the Daniel Farson phographic material I referenced early in this thread which gives some impression of artistic life in 1960's London:


Angry young playwright John Osborne- DF.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:20 pm


"Oh, What a Lovely War!" theatre director Joan Littlewood- DF.

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Re: Francis Bacon

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:23 pm

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Front cover of Farson's biography "The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon".

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:23 am


Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon study, 1951
Freud and Bacon were close friends at the time of this drawing, and the very minimal line shows the narcissistic side of this complex painter who suggested opening the trouser fly to reveal his hips. Freud said the artist should make real 'to others his innermost feelings about all that he cares for'. Photograph: Private Collection, London/Lucian Freud Archive

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:16 pm


Peter Duggan's Artoons.

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:01 am

Francis Bacon nude could fetch £18m

Portrait of Henrietta Moraes is the highlight of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London next month

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A Portrait of Henrietta Moraes (1963), has been owned by a private collector for almost 30 years. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

A "seductive and sexually charged" Francis Bacon portrait is expected to fetch about £18m when it goes on sale next month.

The Portrait Of Henrietta Moraes is the highlight of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in central London on 14 February.

The painting, which dates from 1963, has been owned by a private collector for almost 30 years.

Francis Outred, Christie's head of postwar and contemporary art, Europe, said: "Searing with raw colour and texture, Portrait Of Henrietta Moraes is one of the most seductive and sexually charged paintings I have ever encountered by Francis Bacon.

"The carefully constructed mood through colour is forcefully invaded by the extraordinary swipes of the loaded brush, which create the woman's voluptuous figure. This juxtaposition of the sheer beauty of colour with the brutal physicality of paint is what makes Bacon's art so remarkable."

The portrait of Bacon's friend and model was painted a year after the artist's breakthrough exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London.

Outred said: "The work has only had two owners since the day it was made, one of which was the important collector and postwar industrialist Willy Schniewind and the other being the present owner, a distinguished New Yorker who acquired the work in 1983.

"Portrait Of Henrietta Moraes has not been seen in the public eye for 15 years and I am very excited to be presenting this important piece of British art in London."

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Re: Francis Bacon

Post  eddie on Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:09 am

The John Deakin photo on which the portrait of Henrietta Moreas was almost certainly based:



From The Independent obituary:

Henrietta Moraes was a voluptuous icon of the Soho subculture of the Fifties, sprawling across an unmade bed posing for photographs taken by John Deakin for Bacon's painting. "He was a horrible little man," she told Michael Peppiatt in 1990.

He came round and told me to lie on the bed with my legs open. And he began taking photos from the wrong end. I said, "Deakin, I don't think that's what Francis wants. I don't think that would interest him." "Oh no," said Deakin, "this is the way Francis wants it." But of course he didn't, so we had to start all over again. Later on I found Deakin selling copies of the first lot of photos to some sailors in Soho for 10 shillings a time.


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