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Francis Bacon - Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh I

Bacon, Francis (1909 - 1992)
Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh I
England, 1956
Oil on canvas
h 154.1 x w 115.6 cm (frame: 164.2 x 129 x 5.7)
UEA 31
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2014.

This work is currently on loan and not on display

This is the first of a series of 8 paintings by Bacon loosely based on the Vincent Van Gogh painting ‘The painter on the road to Tarascon’. Destroyed in a fire in the Second World War, Bacon only saw reproduction of the original Van Gogh painting. Speaking to the art critic John Russell, Bacon said he had “always liked early Van Gogh best, but that haunted figure on the road seemed just right at the time- like a phantom in the road” (Russell, 1979:51).

Russell, J. Francis Bacon (revised edition), London, 1979.

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