Autoportrait (after, Self-Portrait, 1973), 1977
Signed in purple felt-tip pen (faded) and numbered from an edition of 180 in pencil
~40 x 28 1/2 inches (101.5 x 72.3 cm.)
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Francis Bacon, a highly influential artist, crafted an iconic piece titled "Autoportrait (after, Self-Portrait, 1973)" in 1977. This artwork is a compelling exploration of self-portraiture, reflecting Bacon's unique and visceral approach to capturing the human form. Bacon's self-portraits often distorted and contorted the face and body, and "Autoportrait" is no exception. The painting presents a haunting and distorted image of the artist, with exaggerated features and a sense of raw emotion. Bacon's use of bold brushwork and the application of vibrant colors adds to the intensity of the self-portrait, creating a sense of unease and introspection for the viewer. "Autoportrait" serves as a powerful embodiment of Bacon's desire to delve into the depths of human existence and confront the complexity of identity.
Bacon's "Autoportrait (after, Self-Portrait, 1973)" is a testament to his unique artistic vision and his ability to capture the complexity of the human condition. Through his distinct style, characterized by visceral brushwork and a raw expression of emotion, Bacon offers a profound and introspective exploration of self-representation. The distorted and fragmented features in the painting speak to the existential struggle and the fragile nature of human identity. "Autoportrait" exemplifies Bacon's ability to confront the viewers with the rawness and vulnerability of the human experience, leaving a lasting impact and inviting deep contemplation on the complexities of selfhood.