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Francis Bacon in photos

Photographs were import to Francis Bacon – his studio was littered with a piles of them, images of friends, x-rays, medical imagery, the early motion photography of Eadweard Muybridge, Diego Velasquez’s – Pope Innocent X. painting and photos of his own works formed a rich visual aid and were the starting point for many of his paintings.

Photos of the artist himself also helped characterise one of Britons most important and famous artists. Bacon was a tough character, a self-taught artist  – his penchant for sadomasochism, East End gangsters, gambling and wild drinking in Soho also provided him with a fearful reputation. There is not an enormous collection of staged photographs of Bacon – but those that exist are fascinating – Bacon’s face had a peculiar doughy shape and how it was recorded and contextualized – either in his studio or out made for a something very visceral.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon - Cecil Beaton

Francis Bacon - John Deakin

Francis Bacon Irving Penn

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The trappings of genius – Francis Bacon’s 7 Reece Mews

For thirty years Francis Bacon lived worked in Reece Mews, a former coach house located in a Victorian mews in the London borough of South Kensington. It was here he produced many of his greatest paintings. Years, after his death the studio remained uninhabited and untouched exactly as he had left it.

Francis Bacon 7 Reece Mews

Francis Bacon 7 Reece Mews Staircase

Francis Bacon 7 Reece Mews

Francis Bacon 7 Reece Mews

Francis Bacon 7 Reece Mews

Francis Bacon Reece Mews

The photography of being English – Bill Brandt

What is “englishness”, how could it be defined visually?
British photographer Bill Brandt did just that – recording and developing just what it was to be English in the mid-twentieth century.
Bill Brandt Francis Bacon Primrose Hill London

Francis Bacon Primrose Hill, London 1963

Bill Brandt Dancing the Lambeth Walk, London 1939

Dancing the Lambeth Walk, London 1939

Bill Brandt, Eaton Place Nude, London 1951

Eaton Place Nude, London 1951

Bill Brandt, Parlormaid and under-parlourmad ready to serve diner, about 1935

Parlormaid and under-parlourmad ready to serve diner, about 1935