After the War

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Francis Bacon

Figure Study I
1945
Despite the bright background colour and presence of flowers, this painting has ominous undertones. The perspective is confusing and the heavy overcoat is draped over a large, unidentified object, creating an area of darkness at the centre of the painting. Personal torment and angst are recurring themes in Bacon’s work, and this painting reflects a general concern about the role of the individual in society, painted in the year the War ended in Europe and Japan. As society strived to adjust and rebuild itself, a sense of horror remained at events which occurred during the lengthy conflict. Bacon leaves many questions unanswered in this unusual ‘figure study,’ which contains only the suggestion of human presence.
  • Credits Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 1998
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 123.00 x 105.50 cm (framed: 134.40 x 116.30 x 4.00 cm)
© Estate of Francis Bacon 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS.
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  • © Estate of Francis Bacon 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS.

Individual v Society

George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ was published in 1948. Orwell warned of the dangers of a 'Big Brother' society in which the individual had no freedom and their every move was surveyed and controlled.