Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon: a friendship of mutual influence

bacon2frued 3bacon photofreud with dogfreud Self-portraitfreud  baconbacon selfbacon three l fruedFrancis Bacon's Study for Self-Portraitfrom 1964bacon1frued queenbacon2freud 1These two artists were friends and both famed for their often grotesque portraiture. They painted each other as well as several other artists and celebrities. Both used distortion but in very different ways. Freud, a descendant of Sigmund Freud, married and raised a family, rose up through the ranks of he art world and lived more conventionally than Bacon who made out on the mean streets of the art world, often taking on influential lovers/patrons. Yet these two had a great deal of commonality in their choice of subject matter and their approach. Here are some examples of each artists work including portraits of themselves and one another. Can you tell whose is who? Although individually distinctive as painters they adopted techniques from each other and as their friendship grew, their painting styles grew more and more convergent.freud queenbacon1frued shaving

~ by ALTERSPACE on December 5, 2012.

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