Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Figure with meat
In 1954, Francis Bacon painted "figure with meat" with oil paint. The painting presents Pope Innocent X in the center, between two bisected halves of a cow. Bacon was inspired by Velazquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X. However, Bacon was influence by postwar existentialist thoughts. Bacon wanted his views to be reminded that life is fragile, and at any moment anyone can end up being a carcass. What I loved from this painting was how gruesome Bacon presented in his work. The painting was so gruesome that Tim Burton featured it in his 1989 Batman film.