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Francis Bacon

Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life.

Ideas always acquire appearance veils, the attitudes that people acquire of their time and earlier time. Really good artists tear down those veils.

All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve.

Portrait of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1909 – 1992) was an Irish painter known for his bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. His breakthrough came with his now famous triptych 'Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion'. It was this work and his heads and figures of the 1940s and 1950s that sealed his reputation as a bleak chronicler of the human condition.

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All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.

Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain.

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.