Francis Bacon: Late Paintings

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1978, oil on canvas, 78 x 58 inches (Private Colle
Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1978, oil on canvas, 78 x 58 inches (Private Collection, © The Estate of Francis Bacon, all rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2015 photography by Robert McKeever, courtesy Gagosian Gallery)

Melissa Stern reviews Francis Bacon: Late Paintings at Gagosian Gallery, New York, on view through December 12, 2015.

Stern writes: "Having not really focused on Bacon’s work in quite a while I was blown away by how fresh, shocking, and incredibly beautiful the paintings are... The paintings in the exhibit reflect a change of mood in Bacon’s work over time. Work of the earlier decades portray the agonies of man, masses of ectoplasm, flesh, bone, and loneliness, whereas his later works give way to calmer psycho-landscapes. Gone are the piles of flesh, replaced by a vision more stripped to its essentials, both in terms of painting and psychology."