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Francis Bacon is one of the most important artists of the 20th Century and his pedigree seems to grow year by year since his death in 1992. So it is fitting that this troubled genius is the subject of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He would surely be amazed at how far he had come.

The exhibition provides a chronological overview of Bacon's oeuvre, beginning with early paintings from the 1940's including the first Bacon purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York ("Painting" completed in 1946, purchased in 1948. Oil and pastel on linen. 77 7/8 x 52").


Throughout Bacon's career, he drew on his considerable knowledge of art history for inspiration. Some of these relationships are explicitly, others implicit. For example, Bacon's "Three Studies for the Base of a Crucifixion" (1944) draws on Pablo Picasso's  work.



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