Casgliadau Celf Arlein

Astudiaeth ar gyfer Hunan-bortread

BACON, Francis (1909 - 1992)

Astudiaeth ar gyfer Hunan-bortread

Dyddiad: 1963

Cyfrwng: olew ar gynfas

Maint: 165.2 x 142.6 cm

Derbyniwyd: 1978; Prynwyd

Rhif Derbynoli: NMW A 218

Francis Bacon yw'r prif arlunydd ffigyrol ym Mhrydain ers y Rhyfel. Portreadau o'i gyfeillion neu ef ei hun yn erbyn gwahanol gefndiroedd mewnol yw ei destunnau ar y cyfan. Cafodd ei gyflyru gan Swrealaeth ac mae ei arddull ddigyfaddawd yn manteisio ar botensial mynegiannol lluniau portread ac yn gymharol ddi-hid o'u gwerth fel dull o gynrychioli. Yma mae'r ffigwr sy'n eistedd fel pe bai ar goll yn erbyn y cefndir gwastad.

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Duncan Crawford
6 Medi 2016, 21:46
He's just watching the TV isn't he?
Kevin Jones
15 Awst 2011, 14:57
Francis Bacon's work manages to rouse strong and often conflicting responses from an observer, and his work for me demonstrates the transfigurating potential of the canvas, and perhaps art in general. Here we are encountered by a lone figure against an expansive background which dwarfs him, renders him small and accentuates his isolation. His hunched posture and crossed legs add to this, however with his feet resting on the table, he seems content, at ease and relaxed. The centerpiece of the painting, the twisted features of the lone man, are striking and perhaps repulse. The chaotic mess that is his face clearly represents a turmoil, one which is only alluded to by the man's posture and his framing in this canvas. Like the first Bacon work I encountered, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, the artist forces us to feels sympathy for characters which may repulse at first. This is why Bacon's work is jarring and is so important: he confronts us with feelings which we do not always want to acknowledge. In this instance, after the initial repulsion of the character's face, we are then invited to go beyond this and take note of the aspects of the painting which allow us to go beyond this initial strong reaction. In this sense, Bacon rouses strong visceral emotions with gruesome subject matter, only to include aspects which invite compassion and sympathy for the subject of this brilliant piece.

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