Friday, July 10, 2009
Francis Bacon on YouTube
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Painting Title: Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X 1953
About the Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X Painting
Francis Bacon often referred to other artists and used photographs as reference material for his paintings. This portrait is a distorted version of the Pope, from a painting by the Spanish artist Diego Velazquez that was painted in 1650. The scream of the Pope may also be referencing the famous painting by Edvard Munch, "The Scream".
Bacon was quoted as saying "We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream, and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death." It is not a quote that relates directly to this work, but has some relationship with it.