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Francis Bacon in Studio – courtesy of


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‘I feel at home here in this chaos because chaos suggests images to me.”

“All painting is an accident. But it’s also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve.”

“I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance.”

“Painting today is pure intuition and luck and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down.”

“All colours will agree in the dark.”

“The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it’s a little like making love, the physical act of love.”


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Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Lucian Freud’, 1951, oil on canvas.



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Bacon in his studio


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Francis Bacon and William Burroughs, London 1989
@ John Minihan





“I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs. These things alter an artist whether for the good or the better or the worse. It must alter him. The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.”

“Picasso is the reason why I paint. He is the father figure, who gave me the wish to paint.”

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
some quotes courtesy of:


Study after Velazquez1950
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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