Francis BaconThree Figures and Portrait 1975

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
Francis Bacon (1909‑1992)
Title
Three Figures and Portrait
Date 1975
MediumOil paint and pastel on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1981 x 1473 mm frame: 2175 x 1668 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1977
Reference
T02112

Display caption

The furious movement of the two principal figures is placed within a claustrophobic setting, watched over by the portrait, which gives this work a striking intensity. It is usually seen as an image of tragic suffering. One - and possibly both - of the twisting human figures have been identified as George Dyer, the artist’s lover, who committed suicide in 1971. The bird-like form in the foreground, with its snarling human mouth, has been linked to the Furies, the fearsome agents of divine judgement in Greek mythology.

July 2008

About this artwork

Find similar artworks

Artist

Category

Painting (5,306)

Decade

1970-9 (5,869)

Style or ‘-ism’

Subject

objects (12,237)
people (21,175)
adults (19,618)
man (8,605)
body (2,879)
spine (4)