At this time World War II was going on and Francis Bacon moved to Berlin with his uncle who seemed to be his lover at the time. Francis moving to Berlin is the beginning of history, for he went on to become one of the best painters in the twentieth century. He Painted master pieces that left people speechless, disgusted, and most important of all he showed the viewers reality. Why did Francis Bacon paint such evil, horrifying pictures that's subjects were essentially religious? Why did he do what he did best, paint?
Many people look at Francis Bacon's paintings and seem to be left with the question, why. Why did he paint paintings such as the Crucification, and Portrait of Pope Innocent X, which seemed to be showing nothing but evil and seems pointless? To begin with, Francis Bacon was a self trained artist who taught himself how to paint, while living his wildlife in Berlin. Getting drunk and sleeping with numerous men night after night. Francis, not caring about how others felt about him or if he was to become someone found himself interested in painting after he saw how the surrealists equated the desire to express something new with the need to shock.
Francis would secretly attempt to draw and water color, most of his early paintings having naked men in makeup. So towards the end of 1928, Francis returned to London with one goal set to mind: to disrupt all notices of what art was and what it could express. (Anatomy of An Enigma p.42)Indeed this is exactly what he did. Arriving at London and painting pictures that seemed to be devil worshipping. Painting pictures of male organs and naming his master pieces with names that seemed to be related to religion. Why were these paintings so ugly, what was Francis Bacon saying with his pictures?
While many critics thought his paintings were pointless, he was actually reliving his childhood, and life to date. As a young boy Francis was the weakling of the family. He was called ugly by his parents, and was affected by World War I and the death of his youngest brother who he lost to asthma. Francis recalls how he would visit his grandmother and watch her second husband cut the claws off of cats, fetch them to dogs, and them tie them up by their legs and torture them. This he would see every visit and seemed to enjoy it. Francis's paintings are telling the story of this young, ugly boy who was not loved by any of his relatives.
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