Francis Bacon
Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne 1966

Artwork details

Francis Bacon 1909–1992
Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne
Date 1966
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 813 x 686 mm
frame: 943 x 793 x 59 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Not on display

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This is one of the many paintings Bacon made of his friend, the artist Isabel Rawsthorne. He preferred to base such works on photographs of the subject rather than work from life.Intimate knowledge of the sitter was also essential. ‘What I want to do is to distort the thing far beyond the appearance, but in the distortion to bring it back to a recording of the appearance’, he said.

May 2007

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