Born in Ireland in 1909, Francis Bacon spent his formative years in a nation wracked by the Sinn Fein uprising, an event that haunted him long after his family moved to England. He never trained formally as a painter but began to pursue art in London in the late 1920s, eventually
The spiritual, the sublime, infinity itself: all seem to hover beneath the translucent surfaces of Mark Rothko's blurred and veil-like rectangles. The brilliantly colored blocks of his best-known works, distillations of all that this Lithuanian-born immigrant had learned during his first 15 years of
The famously disheveled self-portrait -- chest hairs threatening to tickle his chin, two eyebrows merging into one atop dark-rimmed glasses, an emphatically bulbous nose and its own unkempt follicles protruding beneath -- could not be further at odds with the obsessively methodical, every-last-millim
Amidst his wigs, Campbells Soup cans, urine paintings, and constant entourage of beautiful people, Andy maintained a semblance of a rich inner life. If you want to stay thin, he advised, always order the food on the menu you don't want to eat.
Warhol was the leader of the pack in Pop-land. Born a