The artist photobooths.

by Self-Portrait of the Artist

Francis Bacon - Three Portraits

Three Portraits – Posthumous Portrait of George Dyer, Self-Portrait, Portrait of Lucian Freud painted in 1973 by Irishman Francis Bacon actually portrays the artist twice: as the seated figure in the middle section of the triptych and as the black & white photograph above his late partner George Dyer, on the left.

Bacon produced at least 45 self-portraits, often in series, as here. Unlike artists favouring mirrors, he liked to get his features from snapshots he took largely in photobooths. Witness the Four Studies for a Self-Portrait (1965) below.

Francis Bacon photo booth

Francis Bacon 1965

(David Lynch, featured in the previous post, stated that if he could choose to be portrayed by any artist, he would pick Bacon, “because he catches things beneath the surface.”)

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