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Famous Francis Bacon Paintings

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List of famous Francis Bacon paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. A celebrated artist around the world, Francis Bacon has created some of the most historic paintings of all time. These popular Francis Bacon paintings fetch insane amounts of money at art auctions, so if you want to buy one then start saving your money now. Going to museums can be expensive and time consuming, so scroll through this list to see paintings that Francis Bacon created from the comfort of your own home. You can find additional information for these renowned Francis Bacon paintings by clicking the names of the pieces.

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  • Composition (Figure) is a 1933 painting by Irish-born painter Francis Bacon, using gouache, pastel and pen and ink on paper....  more
    • Artist: Francis Bacon
    • Subject: Human figure
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Figure in a landscape

    Figure in a landscape is a 1945 painting by the Irish born artist Francis Bacon. Based on a photograph of Eric Hall dozing on a seat in Hyde Park, also the basis of another painting held in the Lefevre Figure in a landscape which was bought by Diana Watson and later in 1950 by the Tate gallery...  more
    • Artist: Francis Bacon
    • Subject: Hyde Park
    • Genres (Art): Landscape art
    • Art Form: Painting
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  • Figure with Meat
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    Figure with Meat is a 1954 painting by the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. The figure is based on the Pope Innocent X portrait by Diego Velázquez; however, in the Bacon painting the Pope is shown as a gruesome figure and placed between two bisected halves of a cow. The carcass hanging in the background is likely derived from Rembrandt's Carcass of Beef, 1657. The painting is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. According to Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bacon appropriated the famous portrait, with its subject, enthroned and draped in satins and lace, his stare stern and full of authority. In Bacon's version, animal carcasses hang at the...  more
    • Artist: Francis Bacon
    • Subject: Human figure
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Fragment of a Crucifixion

    Fragment of a Crucifixion is a 1950 painting by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon and one of his many works based on iconography of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Its two distressed figures are at the end of a bloody struggle, with one positioned at the point of kill. The dying animal's scream forms the centerpiece of the work. Although the painting's title contains religious connotations, Bacon was an atheist, and there is no hope divinity in the work. Instead, it is intended to represent what he saw as the hopelessness of the human condition. A muscular male dog stoops on a horizontal beam that forms part of a T-shaped structure intended to both signify Christ's cross and indicate a beam hanging...  more
    • Artist: Francis Bacon
    • Art Form: Painting
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