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.

  • title:
    Figure Study II
  • accession number:
    GML 2040
  • artist:
    Francis BaconBritish (1909 - 1992)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1945 - 1946
  • measurements:
    145 x 129 cm
  • credit line:
    Lent by Huddersfield Art Gallery, Kirklees Council (Presented by the Contemporary Art Society to Bagshaw Museum, Batley)
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2017.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon