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Francis Bacon: Lying Figure - Signed Print

Lying Figure
Signed Print

Francis Bacon


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Giclée print, 1969
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 110cm x W 82cm

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Critical Review

This print is part of an edition of 150. It depicts a body in the centre of the scene surrounded by a plain interior. The claustrophobic scene expresses the isolation of existence for Bacon, whilst the writhing body represents the violence that Bacon felt was inherent to human nature.

The dull palette of murky green, off-white and blue create a discomforting atmosphere that is almost sickly for the viewer. A single light hangs from the ceiling to illuminate the body and form a brash block of yellow light above the body. This feature accentuates the nauseating colours across the signed print.

Bacon’s treatment of the human body has been likened to that of Picasso. The artist claimed to be interested in Picasso’s use of “an organic form that relates to the human image but is a complete distortion of it.” His depiction of a bulging body in this piece combines contrasting elements of embodiment and abstraction to great effect.

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