Francis Bacon

1909 - 1992

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Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his raw, unsettling imagery. Focusing on the human form, his subjects included crucifixions, portraits of popes, self-portraits, and portraits of close friends, with abstracted figures sometimes isolated in geometrical structures. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Bacon has received more than 9,530,617 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Francis Bacon is the 65th most popular painter (up from 133rd in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 15th in 2019) and the most popular Irish Painter.

Francis Bacon is most famous for his essays, which were a major contribution to the scientific revolution.

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Among painters, Francis Bacon ranks 65 out of 2,023Before him are Egon Schiele, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Kazimir Malevich, Théodore Géricault, Alphonse Mucha, and Giovanni Bellini. After him are Frans Hals, Georges Seurat, Henri Rousseau, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Piero della Francesca.

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Among people born in 1909, Francis Bacon ranks 4Before him are Stepan Bandera, Nicholas Winton, and Eugène Ionesco. After him are Osamu Dazai, Simone Weil, Juliana of the Netherlands, Peter Drucker, Victor Borge, U Thant, Kwame Nkrumah, and Rita Levi-Montalcini. Among people deceased in 1992, Francis Bacon ranks 9Before him are Grace Hopper, Alexander Dubček, Menachem Begin, Willy Brandt, Friedrich Hayek, and Joan Fuster. After him are Astor Piazzolla, Mikhail Tal, Olivier Messiaen, Giovanni Falcone, John Cage, and Barbara McClintock.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Francis Bacon ranks 9 out of 549Before him are James Joyce (1882), Robert Boyle (1627), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Berkeley (1685), Samuel Beckett (1906), and Michael Gambon (1940). After him are Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Bram Stoker (1847), Edmund Burke (1729), Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819), Pierce Brosnan (1953), and Richard Harris (1930).

Among PAINTERS In Ireland

Among painters born in Ireland, Francis Bacon ranks 1After him are William Orpen (1878), Paul Kane (1810), Harry Clarke (1889), and Lily Williams (1874).