Francis Bacon is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest painters since J.M.W. Turner. In November 2013, this position was confirmed when his portrait, a triptych of his friend and fellow painter, Lucian Freud, titled, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction at the time, selling for $142.4 million.
An Irish born British figurative painter, Bacon moved first moved to London in 1926 and lived there sporadically (spending time in Berlin and Paris) until 1929. In 1961 he moved into his studio at 7 Recce Mews, where he continued his studies until his death in 1992; ‘The moment I saw this place I knew that I could work here,’ he is quoted as saying of the studio which has now been transported in it’s entirety to The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Bacon is known for his expressive, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. As an artist, Bacon wanted to show what was deep inside a person rather than what was on the surface. This resulted in compositions that simultaneously managed to repulse and seduce the viewer. Bacon would bring to life highly shocking subject matter through the use of electrifying brushwork and rich expressive colour. Often containing the several visual motifs, The Crucifixion, The Scream, and that of the ghostly cage that frames many of his subjects; his paintings and limited edition prints carry a raw sense of anxiety and alienation.