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Creator:
Francis Bacon, 1909–1992, Irish
Title:

Study of a Head, 1952

Former Title(s):

Study for the Head of a Screaming Pope

Date:
1952
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches (49.5 x 39.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Beekman C. and Margaret H. Cannon
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B1998.27
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art | anxiety | brushstrokes | distortion | Expressionist | faces | figure study | pope | study (visual work)
Access:
On view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1566
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One of the great figurative painters of the twentieth century, the Irish-born Francis Bacon preferred to work from photographs or memories than from live models, often drawing together elements of several figures in one image. The multiple sources for this particular study include Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (an image to which Bacon returned frequently in the early 1950s), stills of a screaming woman from Sergei Eisenstein’s film Battleship Potemkin from 1925, and a book the artist owned on the diseases of the mouth. Bacon noted that he had "always been very moved by the movements of the mouth and the shape of the mouth and the teeth," speaking of his desire to "paint the mouth like Monet painted a sunset."

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Francis Bacon and the Masters: A Collaboration between the State Hermitage Museum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 2015-04 - 2015-07)

Francis Bacon and the Masters: A Collaboration between the State Hermitage Museum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (The State Hermitage Museum, 2014-12-06 - 2015-03-08)

Francis Bacon [Japan 2013] (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2013-06-04 - 2013-09-01)

Francis Bacon [Japan 2013] (The National Museum of Modern Art, 2013-03-08 - 2013-05-26)

Francis Bacon - Paintings From The 1950s (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2007-05-05 - 2007-07-30)

Francis Bacon - Paintings From The 1950s (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2007-01-29 - 2007-04-15)

Francis Bacon - Paintings From The 1950s (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 2006-10-01 - 2006-12-10)

Francis Bacon - Portraits and Heads (Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2005-10-06 - 2006-01-28)

Francis Bacon - Portraits and Heads (National Galleries of Scotland, 2005-06-04 - 2005-09-04)

Francis Bacon (Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2004-03-15 - 2004-06-30)

Francis Bacon (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 2003-10-15 - 2004-01-18)

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18)

Francis Bacon 2000 Exhibition (Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2000-06-01 - 2000-08-31)

Francis Bacon : A Retrospective Exhibition (The Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth, 1999-08-20 - 1999-10-15)

Francis Bacon : A Retrospective Exhibition (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1999-06-13 - 1999-08-02)

Francis Bacon : A Retrospective Exhibition (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1999-04-08 - 1999-05-27)

Francis Bacon : A Retrospective Exhibition (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-01-25 - 1999-03-21)

Eight Figurative Painters (Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1982-01-29 - 1982-03-28)

Eight Figurative Painters (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-10-14 - 1982-01-03)

Dalya Alberge, Hockney? He's such rubbish, Bacon said, The Times (London), Monday, January 30, 2006, p. 27, Available online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

Anne-Marie Boisvert, Manon Oligny, and Thomas Israel, Three Artists in Search of Cindy Sherman , TDR the Drama Review, vo. 54, no, 1, March 1, 2010, pp. 53, 55, fig. 13, Available OnLine in EBSCO database

The Rt Hon. Lord Baker of Dorking CH Kenneth and Mary Baker, Bacon's Paintings' Edge Dulled with Age but his Technique Retains Power in Retrospective, San Francisco Chronicle, June 11, 1999, p. C3, Available Online (FACTIVA)

The Rt Hon. Lord Baker of Dorking CH Kenneth and Mary Baker, Brown on Bacon: a Young Artist Confronts his Influences in Englishman's Brutal Paintings, San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 1999, p. 30, Available online Available online in FACTIVA

Myriam Boutoulle, Bacon, la Fascination Picassienne, Connaissance des Arts, no. 625, March 2005, p. 24, J10 C761 (SML)

Eight figurative painters., Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, no. 18, ND468.5 F5 E55 (YCBA)

Dennis Farr, Francis Bacon : a retrospective, , The Trust for Museum Exhibitions, New York, 1999, pp. 74-75, no. 12, NJ18 B13 F28 1999 (YCBA)

William Feaver, The Greatest Living Painter, ART News, v. 84, September 1985, pp. 123-25, N1 A6 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

Andrew Forge, Bacon: The Paint of Screams, ART News, v. 62, October 1963, pp. 38-41, N1 A6 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

Francis Bacon : ( exhibition ), , Nikkei, Inc., Tokyo, 2013, pp. 36-37, 184, no. 8, unnumbered plate, NJ18.B13 A12 2013 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Francis Bacon : die Portraits ; Hamburger Kunsthalle, [14. Oktober 2005 bis 15. Januar 2006], , Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2005, pp. 40-42, fig. 7, NJ18 B13 A12 2005B (YCBA)

Francis Bacon and the masters, Fontanka Publications, London, 2015, p. 198, Cat. 44, Pl. 12, NJ18.B13 F7452 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Francis Bacon in Dublin, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, 2000, pp. 52, 55, 123, no. 17, NJ18 B13 S975 2000 (YCBA)

Francis Bacon, lo sagrado y lo profano , Generalitat Valenciana IVAM, Valencia, 2003, p. 19, NJ18 B13 A12 2003B + (YCBA)

Erin Keever, Painter's Work Piques Morbid Curiosity, Austin-American Statesman, October 2, 1999, p. D6, Available on line in FACTIVA and LEXIS-NEXIS Academic

Kenneth J. Larsen, Reader Offended by Artwork of Screaming Pope, Washington Times, March 9, 1999, p. A16, Available online Available online in FACTIVA

Martin Harrison, Francis Bacon : catalogue raisonne´ / editor, Martin Harrison ; associate editor, Rebecca Daniels, Estate of Francis Bacon, London, 2016, vol. 2, pp. 262, 263, cat. no. 52-05, col. pl p. 263, NJ18.B13 A12 2016 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Jean Nowak, Yale's Large Collection of Art Earns High Marks, Washington Times, March 7, 1999, p. E1, Available online Available online in FACTIVA

Michael Peppiatt, Francis Bacon in the 1950s, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (England) New Haven, 2006, p. 69, no. 1, ND497 B16 P472 2006 (YCBA)

Michael Peppiatt, Francis Bacon, studies for a portrait : essays and interviews , Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2008, pp. 104-5, 112, NJ18 B13 P473 2008 (YCBA)

Portraits and heads., National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2005, pp. 29, 33, no. 5, NJ18 B13 A12 2005 (YCBA)

Wilfried Seipel, Francis Bacon and the tradition of art, Skira editore, Milano; New York, 2003, pp. 148, 153, no. 28, NJ18 B13 F75 2003 + (YCBA)

Jackie Wullschlager, Birth of the genius that is Bacon, Financial Times, September 22, 2006, p. 13, Available online: Financial Times Historial Arcive Also avaiable on microfilm: Film An F485 (SML)

William Zimmer, Bacon is the Star of Yale Reopening, New York Times, February 28, 1999, p. 14, Film An N43 (SML) Available online in FACTIVA


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