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The Great Francis Bacon Essay

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Francis Bacon was a British artist who was highly praised by the public and proclaimed the greatest artist of the 20th century. Though some have criticized him for his vague and harsh imagery, a lot more people have praised his work for its meaning, passion, and his abilities to materialize the good and bad on certain issues by using half-abstract figures and triptychs as his preference. In comparing and contrasting an early piece of his art work such as “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion”, which was compelling and showed an originality that earned him wide creditability, to a late piece called “Study for the Head of George Dyer”, one can see the evolution of Mr. Bacon as an artist and most importantly as a person emotionally.
Before beginning his art career, Francis Bacon constantly moved around Europe but finally settled in London working in household design. Mr. Bacon had never been taught art by a professional artist or at an art school, but he did dabble in creating some art design during his leisure time using various watercolors . Then one day, Mr. Bacon decided to attend an art showcase featuring Pablo Picassco art pieces, this show would motivate him to start pursuing a career as an artist. Although at first his drawings and paintings did not get much approval from the public, he continued to work on his craft until his first superior work in 1944 titled “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion.” In this piece, the inspiration he recieved from Pablo Picasso’s abstract figures truly materialized onto the canvas. Through this piece Mr. Bacon gained wide notoriety. By using triptych, a common design element, Mr. Bacon gave the painting a unique visual look and style. In looking at the painting it appears that Mr. Bacon used multiple brush strokes for the background of the painting and the abstract/ life–like figures in the painting. While using a thick paint brush for the background and the abstract composition in the painting, he also took time to emphasize the different characteristics in the faces of the abstract composition. By taking advantage of the triptych format, he made the face of the composition tilted in different directions which made it seem like the person was fearful or disturbed by other items in the piece. Also, the orange in the background blends in well with the other colors in the painting and helps the figures, shapes, and the facial expression in the piece standout better in representation. Texture was another technique that was used heavily by Mr. Bacon to visually convey several elements in this piece, such as the sphere and round shaped objects, the dark brush stroke used to represent the shadow under the face, and the heavily applied white brush stroke representing normal facial features on a composition. Also, in distorting the face in the piece, Mr. Bacon captured the mood and the message that he intended for the audience to feel as they viewed his work of art. Mr....

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