Francis Bacon - The Portraits
Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland to English parents. When F.
Bacon grow up and was more independent he then travelled to Berlin
were he spent most of his time there. He then moved onto Paris, before
returning to London and starting out as an interior designer. Bacon
never attended art school; he only began his work in watercolours
about 1926 – 27. An exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso inspired him
to make his first drawings and paintings. The influence of the
biomorphic figures in Picasso’s work is apparent in Bacons first major
painting of his mature period ‘Three Studies for Figures’ at the base
of a Crucifixion 1944. This painting is also representative of some of
Bacon’s methods and subjects.
The Portraits influenced me because in my project ‘Journey’s’ I am
looking at car crashes and what things lead to car crashes e.g. ...view middle of the document...
He has used a thick paint brush and he probably
only did about 15 brush strokes. The composition of the study is
life-like and has made sure that he includes every detail of the face.
By having the face on an angle and the thick brush strokes it shows me
that this person maybe scared or has just seen some object that is
distracting him, also it looks like he moved his face with some rapid
force. Each of the colours contrasts well and gives a representation
of a face. The shapes used in the composition of the painting are
mostly round or even sphere shape. Bacon has used a lot of texture in
the paint to show the different elements, e.g. the thick white brush
stroke represents the cheekbone and the dark stroke for under the
The process of the painting that Bacon has gone through were sketching
out the outline of the face and the facial features then I imagine he
took the brush and with some force started to map out the face while
distorting it. Bacon must have used supporting studies such as
different sketches of faces and features. In my opinion I feel that
Bacon worked rapidly on this painting because he wouldn’t have had the
same effect as he has got, it wouldn’t have had the same feeling or
textures to portray the message that the painting is putting across.
Bacon would have had to have skills in composition because when
distorting images free hand you need to know where facial features
Looking more in depth at the painting, the atmosphere that is created
is silent and as there is only one face is feels lonely and sad. This
painting affects me because as I am doing about car crashes and
relating this face to drink driving it reminds me of my dads car
crash. This painting is quiet and if Bacon had of made a brighter,
vibrant background it would have made the painting noise, and
disturbing. The qualities the work possesses that are causing me to
respond to this painting are that it’s not like any other painting I
have looked at before and it was a painting that gave me more
influence and different ways to see how it relates to my work.