Francis Bacon Centennial Reception, October 29, 2009

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after_velasquezBaldwin Hill Art & Framing will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Irish/English painter Francis Bacon with a reception Thursday, October 29 from 5:00 to 8:00PM. Reproductions of a number of Bacon works will be on display. The event is open to the public.

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was one of the most important and influential painters of the 20th century. An admirer of Picasso and friend of Lucien Freud, he took abstract expressionism in a new direction, emphasizing the raw physicality of his subjects and the emotional intensity of the artist. His over-sized paintings often depict human and animal subjects in altered and distorted poses. Perhaps his best-known work is Study after Velasquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, which is commonly referred to as “The Screaming Pope”.

Three of the reproductions available are from the estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz of Brookline and Wellfleet. The late Dr. Gurevitz, a psychoanalyst, particularly enjoyed the nightmarish imagery of the Bacon works in his varied fine arts collection. “We are proud to be able to offer these works to the public”, says gallery owner James Paradis. “The Study for a Bullfight #1, featured prominently in our gallery, never fails to elicit a reaction from viewers”.

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