Every once in awhile, a great while, I'll see a show that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
I could always count on that reaction if it was Francis Bacon.
Francis Bacon's Studio, Kensington
This is a photo of his studio, which had been in London. After his death the studio was painstakingly taken apart and re-assembled in Dublin.
CAN YOU IMAGINE DOING THAT WITH THIS ROOM?
I can't, but watching would be fun.
The Metropolitan Museum in NY is currently having a retrospective of his work, and it will run through August 16.
I think something that always fascinates artists are the sources used-the photos that some of the paintings were derived from. The collected trivia.
A sampling can be seen on the Mets website.
Bacon's early paintings are my particular favorites; if I can manage to get there, I'll get there.
This is a link to the first of six videos about Bacon