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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. Rejecting various classifications of his work, Bacon said he strove to render "the brutality of fact." He built up a reputation as one of the giants of contemporary art with his unique style.Bacon said that he saw images "in series", and his work, which numbers in the region of 590 extant paintings along with many others he destroyed, typically focused on a single subject for sustained periods, often in triptych or diptych formats. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Bacon has received more than 7,598,884 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 54 in 2019). Francis Bacon is the 132nd most popular painter (down from 108th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 11th 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 132 out of 1,421Before him are Parmigianino, Juan Gris, Albrecht Altdorfer, Odilon Redon, John Constable, and Franz Marc. After him are Robert Delaunay, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Man Ray, Andrea del Sarto, Fernand Léger, and Pontormo.

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Among people born in 1909, Francis Bacon ranks 9Before him are Osamu Dazai, Juliana of the Netherlands, Peter Drucker, Simone Weil, Andrei Gromyko, and Mohammed Daoud Khan. After him are Victor Borge, Nicholas Winton, U Thant, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Isaiah Berlin, and Kwame Nkrumah. Among people deceased in 1992, Francis Bacon ranks 12Before him are Grace Hopper, Astor Piazzolla, Menachem Begin, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, and Mikhail Tal. After him are Barbara McClintock, Aribert Heim, Giovanni Falcone, Benny Hill, Li Xiannian, and James E. Webb.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Francis Bacon ranks 15 out of 501Before him are Edmund Burke (1729), Pierce Brosnan (1953), Bram Stoker (1847), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), and Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819). After him are John Scotus Eriugena (810), Richard Harris (1930), Anne Bonny (1702), W. B. Yeats (1865), Ernest Shackleton (1874), and Laurence Sterne (1713).

Among PAINTERS In Ireland

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