Francis Bacon
Reclining Woman 1961

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Francis Bacon 1909–1992
Reclining Woman
Date 1961
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1988 x 1416 mm
frame: 2188 x 1622 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1961

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In spite of the title, the figure in this painting appears to have been originally intended as a man. The male genitalia were covered over with a thin layer of paint. Unusually, the figure was cut from another canvas and pasted onto this one, on which the background was painted. Male nudes appeared in many of Bacon's paintings. He may have accepted the misidentification of this figure as a way of disguising its implicitly homoerotic imagery at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

July 2008

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