An Evening with Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon was a painter, with heightened emotions. Most of his art involves caricaturing misshaped human beings, often trapped in cages and against a concrete and hollow (in colours) background. His career as an artist came after having spent most of
life living other lives – that of a gambler, a bon vivant and an interior decorator. He admitted to have wasted too much of his time looking to get inspired enough to draw, to actually have a career as an artist.
But once he began there was no stopping of what was to come: in the shadow of the Second World War, Bacon emerged as a complex painter of diluted human emotions. He became a profiler of the sordid stories that transpired throughout the duration of the war and there was something so dire about them – it made you feel that there was no hope in war.
At Sotheby’s earlier this month there was an auction going on with groundbreaking sales of some of Bacon’s most transfixing paintstrokes. The auction was expected to be one of the priciest contemporary art auction moments to have ever been staged in the British capital, and it did not disappoint because two of the newly discovered paintings off Bacon raked in millions.