Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion – Stop, Look & Listen – 3

This week, we have a slightly more radical subject to consider.

Francis Bacon’s triptych, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion.

I confess that for most of my life I have never really ‘got’ Bacon’s work. It was always just a little too angular and the use of colour pushed me back rather than drew me in – and not in the good way.

However, some time ago, I went to Tate Britain and I saw the original of this painting on the wall in front of me, entirely without warning, and immediately felt that I understood what it was he was aiming at. Funny how often we have Damascene moments with the arts.

The figures are meant to be those at the base of a crucifixion and I quite quickly concluded that, had I been at the base of the crucifixion, I too may have felt just like these people depicted.

As ever, all comments and questions welcome. (Well, just about all!)