Francis Bacon was born in 1909 in Dublin, Ireland. He grew up both in Ireland and the United Kingdom where he spent most of his adult life. Widely renowned for his portraits and depictions of the human figure, Bacon is undoubtedly one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. Both classical and modern influences converge in his paintings which present visceral depictions of physicality combined with a powerful, often angst-ridden, psychological component.
His work, received with both unease and acclaim in the early forties, would later be purchased by many major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. In 1954, Bacon shared the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with artists Lucian Freud and Ben Nicholson. By the 1970’s and 1980’s major exhibitions and retrospectives of Bacon’s work were being presented in France, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Japan, the USA and the USSR. Francis Bacon died in 1992 while on a visit to Madrid, Spain.