Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1969
Francis Bacon (1909–1992) was one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. His paintings are recognised as portraying the ‘human condition’ and what it is that makes us human. He was born in Ireland, educated only intermittently and had a difficult relationship with his parents. He had no formal art training and was not interested in wealth or material possessions. He is well known for paintings of popes, crucifixions, and portraits of friends. There are also a large number of self-portraits, and when asked about this he said, disingenuously: ‘all the people I want to paint have died and so I just paint myself’. This particular self-portrait was gifted by Francis Bacon to Valerie Beston, his friend and agent. Thank you to Dr David Johnson for proposing this image and helping to obtain permission to use it on the cover.
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2019. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
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