Francis Bacon Fallen Figure c.1957–61

Artwork details

Francis Bacon 1909–1992
Fallen Figure
Date c.1957–61
Medium Oil paint on paper
Dimensions Support: 340 x 270 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and a group of anonymous donors in memory of Mario Tazzoli 1998
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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These pages occurred towards the middle of the dismembered sketchbook partially reconstituted in this display. Three sheets have been included from private collections to which they were dispersed prior to the Tate Gallery's acquisition of the remainder.
Bacon's known interest in boxing seems to be reflected in several drawings, echoing those earlier in the sketchbook. The figures are speedily sketched. By making the trappings ambiguous - lines may be ropes or outlines of furniture - a sense of drama enlivens Bacon's habitual reclining figures. This process also resulted in the hovering pose of 'Figure Crawling', which is based on the upper figure from Muybridge's famous photograph of a pair of wrestlers.

September 2004