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The dynamism of Bacon's studies of the body is evident in 'Turning Figure'. Preliminary pencil sketching was obliterated by energetic pink and green paint, with the precariousness of the body anchored by the stable green frame. In general terms, the sketch relates to a number of 1962 oil paintings (from which the title has been borrowed). The complications of the poses were associated by John Russell with Bacon's observation that 'Painting makes me more aware of behaviour'.
Bacon gave this work to the poet Stephen Spender, who wrote a number of articles on him around 1961. It was accompanied by 'Figure in a Landscape' and the pair of 'Reclining Figures', also in this display.

September 2004