Are There any Francis Bacons in the Caribbean?

Would you buy a piece of art for $142,405,000.00?  Well, according to a CNN report someone did. It is reported that a painting by, the famous British artist, Francis Bacon was sold for that much. Imagine that, the piece titled "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" was auctioned in less than 10 minutes after the opening bid. “Painted in 1969, it is known as one of Bacon's most iconic works, as it features Lucian Freud at the apex of his relationship with Bacon, according to the auction house's statement,” CNN


Three Studies of Lucian Freud was painted by Francis Bacon in 1969

Works of art are always commanding huge prices. According to CNN, "The painting was part of a record-breaking auction that grossed $691,583,000, the highest total for an auction sale in art market history, according to Christie's.” Read complete article here

Who Was Francis Bacon




Francis Bacon was British painter whose work was mainly figurative which expressed bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. He was born in 1909 and died in 1992. Most of his figures were uniquely set in glass or steel cages against placid backgrounds.

Although he started to dabble in painting in his early 20s to his mid-30s, he was quite perplexed about his abilities. He found work as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs. Bacon lamented that his career was stymied because it took him a long time to really identify subjects that would sustain his interest.

His eureka moment evolved with his piece — 1944 triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion — which solidified him as a distinctively cheerless historian of the human condition. Bacon would often speak of seeing images ‘in series’, and his paintings usually focus on a single subject or format for sustained periods.

According to a post, “His output can be crudely drawn as consisting of sequences or variations on a single motif; beginning with the 1940s male heads isolated in rooms, the early 1950s screaming popes, and mid to late 1950s animals and lone figures suspended in geometric structures. These were followed by his early 1960s modern variations of the crucifixion in the triptych format. From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Bacon mainly produced strikingly compassionate portraits of friends, either as single or triptych panels. Following the 1971 suicide of his lover George Dyer, his art became more personal, inward looking and preoccupied with themes and motifs of death,”

The Caribbean has some wonderfully talented visual artists whose works are to be extolled and financially supported. How can we help them gain prominence in society?  Do you know an artist that we could write about? 

By: Karl A. Haughton



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