Monday, June 1, 2009

Francis Bacon




The main squeeze and I went to see the Francis Bacon retrospective at the Met last week. It really made an impression on me. I loved the color palette: red, pinks, emerald green, lilac, golden yellow and a deep strong orange countered with blacks, greys and browns. So beautiful. I was also really into the strange deformed blobs held together pictorally by these thin architectural lines, coverging everything toward the center. I find myself using this same device sometimes when drawing - a way to help balance out the composition. More than anything else though I liked that the work felt extremely energized and alive, it was like he would wait for weeks until he had gathered all his emotional strength and then BAM! Heart on canvas.

...here is another 6 part BBC documentary from what looks to be the 80ies ...
...and here is Jerry Saltz's not-so-flattering article about the show in New York Magazine...


5 comments:

arielle said...

thank you so much for posting this! francis bacon is one of my favorite painters (right up there with cy twombly and hieronymous bosch). he was also my grandmother's favorite painter.

Bree said...

Hi Arielle!

I bet you would love the show!! Make sure you check out that other interview - it is kinda funky and funny. Bacon is also totally half corked most of the time - which is kind of entertaining and a little sad.

So glad you liked the post!

xoBree

david john said...

such a great posting. thanks for the links to the interview....

wish i could see the show..

Bree said...

Thanks David John!

Maybe it will come your way?? I hope so!

xob.

david john said...

ill be there if it does. i cant say i agree with jerry saltz's review, but something to think about...