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Seated Figure 1983
Signed Print

Francis Bacon


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Intaglio, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 99
H 72cm x W 54cm

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Meaning & Analysis

Like in many of Bacon’s works, the figure in this piece is isolated in the suffocating interior. Black walls encase the scene with the right hand wall depicting a second, more abstracted figure that mirrors the murky hues and uneasy movements of the central body. The suggestion of reflection between the two figures evokes Bacon’s notably expressionist style which has human vulnerability and internal anxiety within the world as a central theme.

The body is rendered in shades of off-white and fleshy hues of light pink and orange. The face is smudged with bruised tones of red and blue detailing distress in the facial features. The disconcertingly plain palette in contrast to the facial tones draws the viewer's eye towards the face and creates a dramatic scene of pain and suffering. Muscles bulge from the contorted legs and the arms appear wrapped around and fused to the figure’s torso adding to the discomfort of the scene.

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