29 April 2009

Great Artists - Francis Bacon..

Date of Issue - 24 April 2009

Hi ! Here is the recent stamp issued by An Post to commemorate great artist of all time, Francis Bacon. This stamp has been issued to mark 100 years since the birth of this renowned artist , featuring a self portrait of this great man on 24 April. 28 April is also the death anniversary of Francis Bacon. Bacon's artwork is known for its bold, austere, homoerotic and often violent or nightmarish imagery, which typically shows room-bound masculine figures isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. The minisheet depicts his famous London studio which was relocated piece by piece to the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. The FDC Envelope shows Francis Bacon's Untitled - Final Unfinished Portrait. Today's Post is about the art and the artist. Sure to be liked by art lovers besides philatelists. Here are the nice philatelic items issued to commemorate Francis Bacon's Birth Centenary.This is all for today !......Till Next Post.....Have a Nice Time !.

Artist's London Studio which was later shifted to Dublin

Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish born British figurative painter. A late starter, Bacon did not begin painting until he was in his late 20s. It was in Paris that he was inspired to become an artist, when he visited an exhibition of Picasso drawings in 1927. Returning to London at the end of the 1920s, he found some measure of fame as an interior designer, but Francis Bacon's destiny lay elsewhere. He devoted himself to painting. He painted sporadically and without commitment during the late 1920s and early 1930s, when he worked as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs. He later admitted that his career was delayed because he had spent so long looking for a subject that would sustain his interest. His breakthrough came with the 1944 triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, and it was this work and his heads and figures of the late 1940s through to the early 1960s that sealed his reputation as a chronicler of the grotesque. From the mid 1960's, Bacon mainly produced portrait heads of friends.

The FDC Envelope shows Francis Bacon's Untitled - Final Unfinished Portrait.

Most of the rest of his life was spent in London, where he led the life of a successful painter, creating portraits of many of the eccentrics he encountered in bohemian Soho. He died of a heart attack in Madrid on 28 April 1992. After his death, his studio was relocated piece by piece from 7 Reece Mews, London to the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. When sold, Bacon's paintings command high prices, reflecting his stature as an artist. For example, in May 2008, Russian millionaire Roman Abramovich paid $86.3 million for Bacon's work 'Triptych'

The Minsheet FDC features the 82c stamp and shows a photograph of the artist's studio, as seen from the door.
Courtesy - An Post

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