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.)
© Estate of Francis Bacon / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1982.56
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.
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Is something not working on this page? Please email email@example.com.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.