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Bacon + Meat = Art

Finally, I get around to writing a bit about my favorite 20th century artist, Francis Bacon.  I have long been fascinated with his delicately executed yet highly disturbing images.  Best of all, his name is Bacon.  And he painted many images of meat!  What could go better on SSG?

Images in this post have been borrowed from http://www.francis-bacon.cx/ which I highly recommend.

Francis Bacon circa 1980

Francis Bacon circa 1980

I was going to include a brief biography, but Wikiepdia does an excellent job if you’re interested:

Francis Bacon (Painter)

Now, on to the important part – the paintings.  Although not meat-themed, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion is his first important work, and is an excellent introduction to his style and techniques.

Part 1

Part 1

Part 2

Part 2

Part 3

Part 3

I see a lot of meaty shapes and colors in those images.  But it gets better.  Painting, 1946 is a full-blown meat festival, respendent with carcasses and entrails.

Painting, 1946

Painting, 1946

Bacon had preoccupations with many different images he had seen during his life.  One of those images was a portrait of Pope Innocent X by Valazquez.  Below is the original painting.

Pope Innocent X, by Valazquez

Pope Innocent X, by Valazquez

And here is one of Bacon’s works based on that painting, Figure with Meat.  Great title!

Figure with Meat

Figure with Meat

If you find his paintings fascinating, as I do, use the links included above to explore and discover more.  Bacon is yummy!

Postscript:

I just found this image.  I’m very excited.  I’ve never seen this before.  A photograph of Francis Bacon with meat.

Portrait of Francis Bacon, 1952

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2 Responses to “Bacon + Meat = Art”

  1. May 26th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    sebastian122 says:

    No idea how old this post is, but I wanted to let you know I’m also excited about the portrait with meat! It was owing to Bacon that I came to realize I think raw meat is truly magnificent and to see him WITH meat was just too much. =)

    Sadly, the current Met exhibit is lacking in meat. Only one painting really has any. It was also disheartening to see that Bacon was really a one trick pony. There was like 180+ items in the exhibit and all too soon they melded into one example. I will say, however, that his lover, George…WHAT A BABE! I woulda been painting him too!!!

    So, I’m off to find more meat for my screen saver, and again, I thank you for the portrait with meat. It makes great wallpaper! ^__^

  2. May 26th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Gang Leader says:

    You’re welcome! Thanks for the kind words. I bet the exhibit at the Met is composed of later works. He did become rather repetitive, especially later on, when he painted portrait after portrait in his unique style. I prefer the earlier works, where he was still experimenting and trying different things. They’re a lot more dynamic and interesting.

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