For our second HSFI Photo II post, student Andzelika Berestko chose to highlight the painter Francis Bacon and examine his use of photographs in inspiring his own work:

‘Remember, I look at everything,’ was a common saying of Francis Bacon, born in the time when photography was becoming [a documentary tool] of life. What really interests me is that he was often combining photography with painting in his thought process. He never painted from observation. Instead, he using photographs, pieces of newspaper and books [he found] anywhere. Folded images with stains on them, with drips of paint could be found in his messy studio. Francis created multitudes of paintings based on Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs. He was recreating represented scenes, analyzing the movement of humans and [their] basic needs. Bacon was deeply questioning the connection between the passage [of time] and pulsation of the person through paint, which he tried to show as alive as possible. What’s truly inspiring is that he felt the connection between himself, the creative process, and images found anywhere, which he was constantly collecting. There is no such a thing as plagiarism mentioned here- he was rethinking the images, creating them from different bases, showing its pulse, separating them from their original form, and adjusting it to his own situations. They all look bloody, and the movement drips down from the composition. –Andzelika Berestko


Francis Bacon on Primrose Hill, London by Bill Brandt, 1963


Eadweard Muybridge, Men Boxing, from Human Locomotion, 1887


Eadweard Muybridge, Two Men Wrestling, from Human Locomotion, 1887


Francis Bacon, Triptych Studies from the Human Body, 1970


Francis Bacon, Two Figures, 1953


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