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Signed Print Edition of 99
H 72cm x W 54cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Seated Figure 1983 is a work by Francis Bacon that exemplifies his fascination with the human form and the frailty of the body. Created in 1983, this piece depicts a naked figure sitting, cross legged, on a chair in a small, discomfiting room. The signed intaglio print is part of an edition size of 99.
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.