The Grotesque and Bacon's Imagery

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Posted by Luis Mariano Akerman on November 13, 19100 at 10:44:52:

Many people think of Bacon's imagery in terms of either the repulsive or the attractive. But the artist's visual world includes both aspects. To think that Bacon's contribution has to do with using distortion as an end in itself implies not understanding his work at all. For he used deformation as an appropriate means of self-expression. Indeed, he was original in dealing with his preoccupations and succeeded in expressing them visually. Thus, it is not surprising that in his instinctive paintings form follows function in a consistent way. As an artist, I think it is useless to imitate his style while obliterating the content of his paintings. I reject the idea of creating a "School of Francis Bacon." Nature, as Bacon was well aware, is cruel: in fact, some artists are born to innovate, others are born just to imitate. (L.M. Akerman, The Kaye College, 84536 Beersheva, POBox 13001).

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