Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion

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 Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion” was a featured post on Wikipedia’s RSS feed recently, and it reminded me how disturbing I find his work.

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion is a 1944 triptych painted by the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. The work is based on the Eumenides, or Furies, of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia…. The triptych was executed in oil paint and pastel on Sundeala fibre board, and was completed within the space of two weeks. The work summarizes themes explored in Bacon’s previous paintings, including his examination of Picasso’s biomorphs, and his interpretations of the Crucifixion and the Greek Furies. Bacon did not realize his intention to paint a large crucifixion scene and place the figures at the foot of the cross.

I also never knew the Bacon was Irish. Hooray for weird Irishmen!

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