|Art critic and sculptor Ted Prescott discusses the distinctive and often disturbing work of twentieth-century English painter Francis Bacon. Bacon's paintings depict distorted faces that one critic called "images of misery, despair, alienation, and decay." Bacon painted life as he saw it, according to Prescott, and his work reflects the existential anxiety that permeates the twentieth century. Bacon's work is quintessentially modern: it expresses the artist's personal disbelief in Western religion and tradition. Prescott explains that the very fact that Bacon's art grapples with existential rather than political issues makes it appear somewhat old-fashioned in comparison to other modern art, which is often created simply for shock value.|
Painter Francis Bacon's (1909-1992) work can be seen in several on-line exhibits, including those at the Guggenheim Museum and the Tate Gallery, London.
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