From the Files: Francis Bacon

From the Files is a series presenting choice selections from my extensive and highly disorganized physical archives here at Home Base. Here you’ll find lost cartoons, unfinished art, and forgotten doodles. Enjoy.

This is a portrait of Francis Bacon — the 20th century artist, not the 16th century philosopher — that I made for a drawing class some years ago.

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After the jump, I’ve provided one of Bacon’s own self-portraits. Late in his life he is said to have remarked to his patron, the art critic David Sylvester, “I loathe my own face. I’ve done a lot of self-portraits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve nobody else left to paint but myself.”

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