Francis Bacon Was an Interior Designer?

09/28/2009 3:58 PM |

Study of a Crucifixion by Francis Bacon

The Telegraph reported yesterday that London’s Tate Britain will be mounting an exhibition of interiors designed by Francis Bacon, the neo-figurative modernist whose spectacular paintings are pretty much the darkest and most troubling canvases anyone’s made since the beginning of the 20th century. Though Bacon was notoriously adamant that most of his early works be destroyed, the three rugs and painted screens that will be included in the exhibition (opening on his birthday, October 28) were held in a private collection after he designed them at age 20, when he was working as a decorator in London.

Admittedly, I’m not sure what a Francis Bacon interior might look like, but based on the rooms that appear in his paintings (like the bedroom of “Study of a Crucifixion” at right), I feel pretty confident that I don’t ever want to be in one.


One Comment

  • actually, fb’s designs- for furniture, carpets, and more, were beautiful post-deco/ early international style chrome and glass etc. kinda the opposite of his un-ease making paintings.
    though i think there’s a pretty clear modernist vibe in some of the backgrounds of the paintings, and even some of the pieces of furniture therein. odds and sods of his design work are in most of the monographs, and well worth looking at/for.