‘Francis Bacon: Late Paintings’ Review: A Conjurer of Strange and Terrible Beauty


When “Figure in a Landscape” (1946) and “Study After Velasquez’ Portrait of Pope Innocent X” (1953) were included in a 1955 Museum of Modern Art exhibition of European artists, the British painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992) said, “I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail, leaving a trail of the human presence and memory trace of past events, as the snail leaves its slime.” If this isn’t a longing to make paintings a vehicle for existential precariousness, nothing is….

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