Study for a Portrait // Francis Bacon // oil & sand on canvas // 1909-1992
Who is this man in mid scream? He is blurred, paint streaking down his face. You can see his white teeth and his sunken eyes behind his glasses. But who is he? This study by Francis Bacon could be a portrait of a business man, the Soviet director Sergel Einstein or someone completely arbitrary. We don’t know who he is. But what we do know is that he appears to crying out in anguish.