“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery” – Francis Bacon
There’s something about Francis Bacon’s paintings that are surreal and difficult to describe in detail (especially if you’re not an art critic) so I’ll keep it brief and just say that I find them to be completely compelling. You have to experience them for yourself. His versions of the human form are unlike any I’ve witnessed before and they conjure up disturbing and hysterical feelings at the same time – at least for me. Brilliance on the brink of insanity? Bacon succeeded in deepening the mystery.
The Gagosian Gallery in New York just ended a run presenting “Francis Bacon: Late Paintings” encompassing more than twenty paintings that Bacon made in London and Paris during the last two decades of his life. The third exhibition of Bacon’s work following “Francis Bacon: Triptychs” (Gagosian, London, 2006) and “Isabel and Other Intimate Strangers: Portraits by Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon” (Gagosian New York, 2008).
Although it’s never too late to appreciate his paintings.
I like this quote:
“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is” – Francis Bacon
What kind of feeling do they invoke for you?