Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence takes on the artist and painter Francis Bacon in an 80 minute long documentary film.

Francis was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his emotionally charged raw imagery, fixation on personal motifs, and heavy experimentation.

Some of his more well known art are his depictions of popes, crucifixions, and portraits of close friends. This art and much more of his work secured him a spot as one of the most sought-after British artist of the 20th century.

This documentary film goes in search of Bacon’s life and art, starting from when he was born in 1909 to his death in 1992.

His life as an artist was riddled with a fiery passion for his craft and keeping up with a carefully crafted emotional and mental mask to disguise his otherwise complex and haunted personality.

Self-described by Bacon, through the powers of his metaphoric mask he could present himself as the Roaring Boy, the Lord of Misrule and the Conveyor of Artistic Violence.

In this unique, compelling film, those who knew him speak freely, some for the first time, to reveal the many mysteries of Francis Bacon.

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence
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  • Release date2017
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  • Director(s)Richard Curson Smith
  • Production companyBBC