Francis Bacon

Figure Study II

About this artwork

The coat motif in this early painting by Bacon is similar to its predecessor, Figure Study I. Here though; we see a deformed, screaming figure emerging from underneath. When Figure I and II were first shown in London, they were known as Study for the Human Figure at the Cross II and The Magdalene. Bacon used the Crucifixion frequently in his early work because of its powerfully emotive language and imagery. The gaping mouth of the screaming figure in the painting is the first image of personal anguish to appear in Bacon’s work.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Figure Study II
  • date created:
    1945 - 1946
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    145 x 129 cm (framed: 164.00 x 148.20 x 8.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Lent by Huddersfield Art Gallery, Kirklees Council (Presented by the Contemporary Art Society to Bagshaw Museum, Batley)
  • accession number:
    GML 2040
  • gallery:
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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon