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Francis Bacon: Three Studies Of The Human Body (central panel) - Signed Print

Three Studies Of The Human Body (central panel)
Signed Print

Francis Bacon


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Lithograph, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 66cm x W 88cm

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Critical Review

Flanked by a left and right panel that have mirroring compositions to each other - a rectangular table with a profile view of a male body sitting upright -  this central panel has a different composition. A circular table is placed in the middle of the scene and a human body lies writhing on top in a muddle of body parts. A discomforting scene is created as the body’s features fade and fuse together as if the artist attempts to depict the figure in distress.

A black square is placed directly behind the central figure and table. The rest of the interior is in a contrasting and stunning orange, highlighting the orange hues of the body and contributing to the unease of the scene. The body is one of Bacon’s most harrowing depictions of the human form. The disjointed muscles bulge out from the skin and flail across the table helplessly. A face emerges at the foreground of the scene identifiable by a gaping mouth and teeth indicating that the figure is screaming.

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