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Encyclopedia > Painting (1946)
Painting 1946
Francis Bacon, 1946
Oil and tempera on canvas
123cm × 105.5 cm cm
Private Collection

Painting (1946) is a 1946 painting by the Irish born artist Francis Bacon. Image File history File links Painting_1946. ... Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman and essayist but is best known for leading the scientific revolution with his new observation and experimentation theory which is the way science has been conducted ever since. ... Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Anglo-Irish figurative painter. ...


If Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944) is Bacon's masterpiece, then Painting (1946) has a good claim to be his Magnum opus. Originally to be a painting of a chimpanzee in long grass (parts of which may be still visible), he then attempted a bird of prey landing in a field. Bacon described it as his most unconscious[1] work - the marks suddenly suggesting this image - at once magnificent and appalling. Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944) (Tate) Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion is a 1944 painting by the Irish born artist Francis Bacon. ... Originally, the term masterpiece (or chef dœuvre) referred to a piece of handcrafted art produced by a journeyman aspiring to become a master craftsman in the old European guild system, which is partially retained today only in Germany. ... Magnum opus (sometimes Opus magnum), from the Latin meaning great work, refers to the best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author, artist, or composer. ...

FB:"Well, one of the pictures I did in 1946, which was the thing that's in the Museum of Modern Art…"
DS:"The butcher-shop picture."
FB:"Yes. It came to me as an accident. I was attempting to make a bird alighting on a field. And it may have been bound up in some way with the three forms that had gone before, but suddenly the line that I had drawn suggested something totally different and out of this suggestion arose this picture. I had no intention to do this picture; I never thought of it in that way. It was like one continuous accident mounting on top of another."

- Excerpt from the October 1962 interview with David Sylvester for the BBC.


Graham Sutherland saw Painting (1946) in the Cromwell Place studio, and urged his dealer, Erica Brausen, then of the Redfern gallery, to go to see the painting and to buy it. Brausen wrote to Bacon several times, and visited his studio in early autumn 1946 and promptly bought the work for £200. (Painting (1946) was shown in several group shows including in the British section of Exposition internationale d'arte moderne (18 November - 28 December 1946) at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, for which Bacon travelled to Paris.) Graham Vivian Sutherland (August 24, 1903 – February 17, 1980) was an English artist. ... November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... December 28 is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 3 days remaining. ... The Musée National dArt Moderne is an art museum in Paris, France, located within the Centre Georges Pompidou. ...


Within a fortnight of the sale of Painting (1946) to the Hanover gallery, with the proceeds, Bacon had decamped from London to Monte Carlo. After staying at a succession of hotels and flats, including the Hôtel de Ré, Bacon settled in a large villa, La Frontalière, in the hills above the town. Eric Hall and Nanny Lightfoot would come to stay. Bacon spent much of the next few years in Monte Carlo, short visits to London apart. From Monte Carlo, Bacon wrote to Graham Sutherland and Erica Brausen. His letters to Erica Brausen show that he did paint there but no paintings are known to survive.


In 1948, Painting (1946) finally sold to Alfred Barr for the Museum of Modern Art, New York for £240. Bacon wrote to Sutherland asking that he apply fixative to the patches of pastel on Painting (1946) before it was shipped to New York. Painting (1946) is now too fragile to be moved from MoMA for exhibition elsewhere. Alfred H. Barr, Jr. ... View across garden, in new MoMA building by Yoshio Taniguchi. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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  • Francis Bacon Image Gallery

 
 

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