A Picture Tells A Million Stories in Francis Bacon Paintings

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Symbolism is the practice of attributing significance to objects, events, or relationships. Symbols can tell a story that is deeper and more personal. People can use symbols in many different ways; through stories, poetry, and painting, but are not limited to those subjects. Francis Bacon used many symbols in his paintings. By doing this he did not give the viewer just something to look at but, something to decipher. This way Bacon could tell the story of his life, show his emotions, and make a deeper meaning out of something he enjoyed. Francis Bacon, through his life and painting style, creates a memoir in his 1973 Self-Portrait.
Even though Bacon’s life was problematic, success came from his paintings. He was born in Dublin, Ireland on 28 October 1909. He was the son of a former soldier and an heiress. Bacon suffered tremendously with asthma. In 1925 his father caught him dressing in his mother’s underwear and fishnet stockings. He was expelled of the house. At 16, he was living the bohemian life in London. After words Bacon moved to Berlin, and then moved back to London. While he was in Berlin he discovered sexual freedom and emotional and physical violence. Four years after being extruded from his house, he showed his first works in an exhibit. In 1940, Francis Bacon’s father died. During World War II he joined the Air Raid Precautions rescue service. At this time he was still exhibiting his paintings. In need of money Bacon became a tutor of painting at the Royal College. By 1948 Bacon was known for being one of the most influential artists of his time. In the same year he joined a private club. Bacon was offered £10 and free drinks to bring his patrons to the bar. While in his eighties he still lived t...

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...ate his art work. By doing these things he created the story of his life. Telling your story is not limited to art. People can show their life by writing and even performing. Everyone is has their own unique way of telling their story for Francis Bacon it was through artwork.

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