The Irish-born British painter was born on this day, 28 October 1909.
His paintings are deliberately uncomfortable and unpleasant. Known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery. After the suicide of his lover, George Dyer in 1971, his work became dominated by death.
In “Triptych – August 1972”, Dyer appears on the left and Bacon on the right. The seated figures and their coupling are set against black voids and the central flurry has been seen as ‘a life-and-death struggle’.
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Can we just admire this Francis Bacon triptych (Triptych – August, 1972) for a moment?
This work is generally considered one in a series of Black Triptychs which followed the suicide of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer. Dyer appears on the left and Bacon is on the right.The central group is derived from a photograph of wrestlers by Edward Muybridge, but also suggests a more sexual encounter. The seated figures and their coupling are set against black voids and the central flurry has been seen as ‘a life-and-death struggle’. The artist’s biographer wrote: ‘What death has not already consumed seeps incontinently out of the figures as their shadows.’