Pope I - Study after Pope Innocent X by Velazquez

Pope I - Study after Pope Innocent X by Velazquez , 1951

Francis Bacon

Artist:Francis Bacon
Dublin, Ireland, 1909 - 1992

Associated:Pope Innocent X

oil on canvas (Commercially prepared, white oil ground, on reverse ie canvas stretched ‘wrong way round’)

Francis Bacon is one of the most important figurative painters of the twentieth century. He received no formal art training and took up painting after seeing a Picasso exhibition in Paris in 1928.

'Pope I' was the first painting in a series of three, which formed Bacon's first completed series of popes. Painting images of the head of the Catholic Church became an obsession for Bacon for more than twenty years. The artist drew his inspiration from the portrait of Pope Innocent X painted in 1650 by the Spanish artist, Diego Velazquez. Bacon never actually saw the original painting in Rome, but rather worked from numerous reproductions of the famous image.

Presented in 1956 by the Contemporary Art Society.
Artist © Estate of Francis Bacon 2004. All rights reserved, DACS.
Overall: Height: 197.8 cm, Width: 137.4 cm Frame: Height: 217.2 cm, Width: 156 cm, Depth: 9 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG002364


A beautiful and haunting painting!

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