Head

Head

1951

Francis Bacon

(British, 1909-1992)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 86 x 77 x 6 cm (33 7/8 x 30 5/16 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 62.9 x 53.3 cm (24 3/4 x 21 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1982.56

Description

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Bacon developed his signature motif of screaming heads trapped in glass
or metal cages while working in London in the late 1940s and early ‘50s. The exploration of extreme
states of emotion in these inwardly tortured figures reflects the influence of Surrealism. Bacon certainly
knew Salvador Dalí‘s The Dream, a featured painting in the London International Surrealist
Exhibition of 1936, and now displayed in this gallery. Bacon‘s isolated heads have strong affinities
with the caged figures in the paintings and sculptures of his close friend, Alberto Giacometti.

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