Figure Study I
© Estate of Francis Bacon 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS.

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Figure Study I 1945 - 1946
This is an important early painting by Bacon, as he destroyed much of his work from the period of 1935 to 1944. Despite the title, it is a figure study only by implication. It is one of the few works in Bacon's oeuvre that does not feature a figure, though the trilby hat and tweed overcoat suggest a human presence. The painting was followed by a similar work, 'Figure Study II' (Huddersfield Art Gallery), which shows the same coat motif, from which a deformed, screaming figure - perhaps lurking under the coat in this painting - emerges.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 3941
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 123.00 x 105.50 cm (framed: 134.40 x 116.30 x 4.00 cm)
  • Credit Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 1998