Francis Bacon at the Met

The Met is celebrating Francis Bacon's centenary with a grand retrospective. Paul Laster highlights this controversial artist's best and most disturbing works.

© 2009 The Estate of Francis Bacon / ARS, New York / DACS, London

© 2009 The Estate of Francis Bacon / ARS, New York / DACS, London

Three Studies for a Crucifixion, March 1962

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Study for a Portrait, 1953

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Blood on Pavement, 1988

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Portrait of Michel Leiris, 1976

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Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho, 1967

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Painting, 1946

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Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, ca. 1944

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Study after Velazquez, 1950

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Head VI, 1949

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Paralytic Child Walking on All Fours (from Muybridge), 1961

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Study of a Baboon, 1953

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Two Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer, 1968

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Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle, 1966

Triptych - August 1972, 1972

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Triptych, 1991

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Four photobooth portraits each of Francis Bacon, George Dyer, and David Plante, taken in Aix-en- Provence, 1966–1967

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George Dyer in the Reece Mews Studio, ca. 1964