Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British painter who became very well known for this unusual style of art which could be described as being edgy, emotionally charged and raw. Bacon was a bit slow to get started with regards to his career, it wasn’t until his mid-30’s that he finally found a subject matter in which could keep him interested.

In 1944 Bacon’s breakthrough came in the form of a triptych titled “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion“, inspired by the unease created from the Second World War this piece sealed his reputation as a uniquely bleak chronicler of the human condition.

He would go on to become known for being the loudest, rudest, drunkest most sought-after British artist of the 20th century and now 25 years after his death his artwork can fetch upwards of £40 million at auction.

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence provides us with a unique and compelling glimpse into Bacon’s life via interviews with those who knew him.

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  1. Went into this not knowing anything about Bacon other than seeing a couple of his paintings online… I also really enjoyed this documentary and would recommend it to both art enthusiast and “average admirers.”

  2. I really liked this doc. Interesting story arc and relate-able character.