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Title

Head II (1949)

Object Name

Painting

Maker

Bacon, Francis 1909-1992 (Primary maker)
Bacon, Francis 1909-1992 (artist)

Date Made

1949
1949

Description

Increasingly considered the greatest British artist of the twentieth century, Bacon was born in Dublin but lived most of his life in London. A central figure in the Bohemian artistic world of post-war Soho, his work depicts the human figure in a manner that is viscerally arresting and deeply potent. Bacon said that his paintings are not intended to have a precise meaning ‘They are just an attempt to make a certain type of feeling visual … painting is the pattern of one’s own nervous system being projected on to the canvas’.

Materials

oil on canvas

Catalogue Number

BELUM.U436

Copyright

© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2017. Donated by the Contemporary Art Society.