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Francis Bacon

            On October 28, 1909 an abstract expressionist by the name of Francis Bacon was brought into the world in Georgian Dublin. Francis Bacon already having three older siblings, and one younger than him was considered the weakling of the family. As a young boy Francis suffered from severe asthma and was thought of as ugly by both his mother and father. He had lack of parental affection and therefore kept to himself most of the time. As he got older, Francis became aware of his homosexuality. Once his dad heard the news he disowned his son and kicked him out the house at the age of sixteen. At this time World War II was going on and Francis Bacon moved to Berlin with his uncle who seemed to be his lover at the time. Francis moving to Berlin is the beginning of history, for he went on to become one of the best painters in the twentieth century. He Painted master pieces that left people speechless, disgusted, and most important of all he showed the viewers reality. Why did Francis Bacon paint such evil, horrifying pictures that's subjects were essentially religious? Why did he do what he did best, paint?.
             Many people look at Francis Bacon's paintings and seem to be left with the question, why. Why did he paint paintings such as the Crucification, and Portrait of Pope Innocent X, which seemed to be showing nothing but evil and seems pointless? To begin with, Francis Bacon was a self trained artist who taught himself how to paint, while living his wildlife in Berlin. Getting drunk and sleeping with numerous men night after night. Francis, not caring about how others felt about him or if he was to become someone found himself interested in painting after he saw how the surrealists equated the desire to express something new with the need to shock. Francis would secretly attempt to draw and water color, most of his early paintings having naked men in makeup. So towards the end of 1928, Francis returned to London with one goal set to mind: to disrupt all notices of what art was and what it could express.

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