nicely articulated and contextualised. thank you.
This film does an excellent job of contextualizing the piece as well as providing some understanding of Baconâ€™s mind set. As this work was produced postwar, the theme of gore and distortion is a telling factor. When analyzed trough a physiological lens Francis Baconâ€™s approach to his confrontation with death seems to be visually depicted and processed similarly to that of Otto Dix. Personally I can see visual cues that are similar in both style and the artistesâ€™ approaches of a similar topic. The film makes a link between the subject matter and its presenting; the commentator goes on to explain the meaning of the use of triptych. This allowed for a deeper understanding of the work. I could go further by making a comparison by saying that the motivation of using a triptych can parallel those of Max Beckman. Both artists who wish to use this format to relate to human suffering as it is a typical religious method of depicting images of sorrow. This work seems to present what the artist thought of life at its most fundamental state, in the moment when the human protagonist is stripped of all pretense and decorum. This piece, as would many of Baconâ€™s works, would be uncomfortable to view in person. Its triptych presentation comes off the wall and towards the viewer creating a sense of unease. This sense of unease is then amplified by the subject matter and the visual tension.
BaconÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s work is very personal, especially this triptych which I find very interesting to the artistÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s character. It is so powerful, especially the way that he handled the figures in his paintings. He can paint the figures so beautifully but he abstracts them to a state where they have been cut away, fragmented or melting to express his own inner turmoil. It is so disturbing the compositional elementsl, but yet this work keeps speaking to me as beauty.
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This painting at the Tate Modern with an article by Matthew Gale, extensive bibliography and exhibition history
Essay by Simon Wilson on the Tate Website
The Estate of Francis Bacon
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