Three sketches of figures at the Crucifixion by Francis Bacon

Three sketches of figures at the Crucifixion by Francis Bacon

Triptych “Three Etudes of Figures at the Crucifixion” Francis Bacon wrote in 1962. The ugly stumps of bodies, a bloody mash on a striped cot, the inverted human insides in different versions are depicted on a black-and-red background of the picture.

Traditional or modern images borrowed from the paintings of old masters, from newspaper photos, film shots, and X-rays are exposed in his works to shocking distortion. As if illuminated in the hideous depths of the human psyche, they are endowed with the monstrous power of nightmares. Francis Bacon again and again refers to the theme of the Crucifixion.

Why does he put torn, bloody pieces of the human body at the foot of the Crucifixion? Sacrilege is either a great prayer for mercy, for forgiveness, for help. So that the Lord finally saw the human suffering.

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