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Francis Bacon (October 28 1909April 28 1992) was an Irish figurative painter. He was a collateral descendant of the 16th century philosopher Francis Bacon. His artwork is well known for its bold, austere, and often grotesque or nightmarish imagery. His best know work is the 1953 Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X.

His influences included

The painter Francis Bacon was largely self-taught as an artist. His influences included:

  • Luis Buñuel. "I've been very influenced by the films of Buñuel, especially Un chien andalou because I think that Buñuel had a remarkable precision of imagery. I can't say how they have directly effected me but they certainly have affected my whole attitude to visual things - in the acuteness of the visual image which you've got to make."

Bacon also drew inspiration from the poems of T. S. Eliot, Pound and Yeats; the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Shakespeare; Proust and the Joyce of Ulysses.



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